‘We Can’t Afford Barack Obama’ – More Good Ad-vice For Mitt Romney

We wept today. At 12:53 p.m. we wept. Our drenching tears were tears of joy. The cause for our delight? A new commenter, not an applauding seal, refused to drink Romney brand Hopium. Instead of balancing a colorful rubber ball on her nose and imagining all is right in this best of all worlds newcomer “Abbie” offered a suggestion to Mitt Romney’s idiot team:

“Why doesn’t the Romney campaign run ads about the Obama’s lavish spending on the taxpayer’s dime—those multiple exhorbitant [sic] vacations and how he would respect our hard-earned dollars and not exploit this perk if he was in office. Also, that Obama cares only about one job, his own, and not the rest of America that is hurting–how he spends more time out fundraising than doing the job he was elected to do. Sheesh!”

“Sheesh!” is exactly right as an expression of exasperation. Since last weekend’s disaster we have been sheeshing a great deal at the rejection of reason by Dr. Pangloss and the Panglossians. We reject Panglossianism and prefer the hard whiskey of unrelenting analysis based on reality.

Like “Abbie” we too have offered suggestions from here to the Romney campaign some of which have been wholly consumed (for instance, narrative tracks added to the ads and this one regarding how to employ Republican secret weapon Hillary Clinton) and most which are so watered down we fitfully deny the offspring is ours.

In our last two articles we not only applied cruel reason to the current disaster, we watered down our critique and even offered advice on how to begin to right the hull damage below the water line where it is not yet seen but still is there, taking on yet unseen gallons.

We understand what Romney is up to. Hell’s bells, we wrote about the Great Lakes strategy in June. Earlier we explained the Great Lakes strategy and why Romney was taking a bus tour to get the despised “white” vote. However, we also understand that the Great Lakes strategy doesn’t work unless Florida is moored to Romney in 2012. Why did Biden play the race card? It’s not only because Biden is a drunken fool, but to counter the Great Lakes strategy.



We understand what Romney is up to and it won’t work without Florida nor unless the hull is steel plated. The Romney campaign has to learn quicker, better. Our positive advice on future advertisements from our last article:

“Make it explicit. Stop with the clever ads that the politically involved understand. Tell the truth clearly and without fear. Mitt Romney should run an ad that goes something like this:

“Do you like Barack Obama? Do you think Barack Obama is nice? Does a nice man call his political opponent a felon? Does a nice man call his political opponent a murderer? Barack Obama is not nice. Barack Obama is nasty.”

The target audience for political ads this season (aside from the too easy to script ads for the “base”) is undecideds and those who do not like politics or aren’t particularly engaged. In many instances these uninterested voters need to be spoon fed. They don’t get “clever”. They do not have and do not want a vast knowledge base of political facts.

Consider the following political ad by the Conservative Majority Fund about voter ID laws. Put aside whether you agree or disagree with the message. Try not to dwell on the carnival barker quality of the narrator’s voice. Do not giggle at the “shop now, going out of business” misfire which is the ad (the intention of this near comic “reefer madness” exposition was to foster an emergency mindset regarding voter ID laws).



Comic as it is, the above ad has a point of view which is expressed strongly and which informs with their version of the “facts” even the least informed of the uninterested of viewers. [For an ad this strong in viewpoint we would suggest a soft woman’s voice to narrate and take off the comic edge.] Of course for those that agree with the ad the ad is viewed as perfect (such are the effect of Hopium no matter who is selling).

That ad, to many not as concerned about voter ID laws, will sound hysterical. It sounds hysterical because it not only makes an argument based on the facts as the producers see them but also because it is a very emotional ad. The ad is meant to stoke the emotions of those who agree with it. [The hyperventilating emotionalism in the ad could easily be softened with a woman’s voice.]

None of this is to say that emotion in ads is bad. Quite the contrary. Emotions in ads is something that Democrats are very good at and Republicans suck at. Ronald Reagan’s “Morning in America” ads tugged emotionally and they were very effective. But that was a long time ago.



In 2012 a lot of Romney supporters and the applauding seals contingent think that rationality will carry the day. They refuse to see beyond the dubious polls of the day and the one shot of adrenalin that any big announcement produces. They forget the bigger impact of Sarah Palin, the bigger donation response to Sarah Palin and how that was turned around when Big Media and Barack Obama got through with the fear and smear campaign. The Republican “Comeback Team” will make the case based on the facts – and that is why they will lose.

Thomas Sowell doesn’t quite get it in today’s column:

“If this year’s election is going to be decided on the basis of hard facts, the Obama administration is doomed. But the Obama campaign is well aware of that, which is why we are hearing so many distracting innuendoes and outright lies about such peripheral issues as what Mitt Romney is supposed to have done while running Bain Capital — or even what is supposed to have happened at Bain Capital, years after Mitt Romney was long gone. [snip]

What smears like this show is that the Obama administration cannot run on its track record, so it has to run on distractions from the country’s real problems. [snip]

This election is a test, not just of the opposing candidates but of the voting public. If what they want are the hard facts about where the country is, and where it is heading, they cannot vote for more of the same for the next four years.

But, if what they want is emotionally satisfying rhetoric and a promise to give them something for nothing, to be paid for by taxing somebody else, then Obama is their man. [snip]

There are no doubt voters who will vote on the basis of believing that Obama “cares” more about them.”

Sowell forgets, or refuses to acknowledge, that Hillary Clinton in 2008 had the policy knowledge and the logical positions. But Barack Obama employed race-baiting and other emotional tuning forks to rile the Obama brand Hopium Guzzlers in scenes straight out of Batman Begins.



It won’t be long until scarecrow Barack Obama unleashes the fear toxin into civil streets. It won’t be this week. It won’t be the week of the Republican convention. But Barack Obama’s fear toxin will gas the populace once his Bank of America convention is done.

The Obama fear toxin will be an ad designed to break down the population which rejected him in 2008 and which gave Republicans their massive victories in 2010. Picture a frail old woman, purple veins and age spots visible on thin arms. Behind her withered face can be seen empty cupboards. On the table, near her plate, next to her tarnished fork, a can of cat food. From her trembling voice fear about losing Medicare because of horrible Republicans rich in money and looks but poor in compassion. Try arguing with that on a policy level, Mitt.

Mitt Romney better make his arguments based on facts but from an emotional gut level. It can be done. But the evidence thus far leaves us hopeless.

As Florida remains an elusive prize that could have easily been captured Mitt Romney must leave the robot planet and embrace the planet of emotions.

One possible avenue for Mitt Romney is to speak to senior citizens on an emotional level about what they want to leave behind. Romney needs to call the “greatest generation” to one last mission.

Mitt Romney must ask the “greatest generation” to reject fear as they did in their young days. Ask the greatest generation that survived the depression droughts in dust bowl Iowa and fought the mechanized armies of hate and fear of imperial Axis powers – to fight for America yet one more time. The greatest generation can be persuaded to fight for their grandchildren and the future of America once again.

The “Boomers” too, offspring of the greatest generation must be appealed to, on an emotional level, to fight fear with a mission greater than themselves. The “boomers” must be asked to leave more than love beads and Woodstock as their legacy.

The Romney campaign must help the boomers and the independents who are undecided, worried and wary about the future, to understand that they cannot afford Barack Obama. We cannot afford Barack Obama.

That should be a major theme of the Romney campaign and the Republican Party. Americans For Prosperity, a Romney SuperPac produced a weak sister ad to what we suggest:



The RNC likewise broadcast the “It’s Ok to make a change” ad:



But these are weak shadows of what needs to be done.

Instead of saying nice things about Barack Obama talk about cost in emotional terms. Talk about a dark future of fears. Talk in the language of that black woman who was “exhausted” defending Obama: Picture women, men, several black women, several black men several Latino men, several Latino women, several gentry white liberals all who appear from central casting as Obama voters. But these people are not saying what a nice guy Barack Obama is. They are saying “I voted for Barack Obama last time. I thought I would vote for Barack Obama again. But I can’t afford Barack Obama. I NEED A JOB. I CAN’T AFFORD BARACK OBAMA!!!!”

America can’t afford Barack Obama. Need we mention that goes nicely with a follow-up ad as suggested by “Abbie”?

Mitt Romney needs to speak to the many Velma Hart’s in America. Velma was exhausted defending Obama and eventually she lost her job. Velma Hart cannot afford Barack Obama.



Mitt Romney must tell America “We cannot afford Barack Obama.” We can’t. We simply can’t. Barack Obama must be fired so that others will be hired.

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222 thoughts on “‘We Can’t Afford Barack Obama’ – More Good Ad-vice For Mitt Romney

  1. 100% correct Adm. Palin gave McCain a larger bump and had larger crowds, and we
    saw how that ended up. Florida is a must win for Romney and I can tell you from first hand experience here in S. Florida I don’t feel any momentum for the Ryan pick. Today
    my son made calls from Romney headquarters . We are doing our part, but he needed
    a real “Game Changer”, not someone who is going to make Medicare, as opposed to
    Obama’s abysmal record, the main issue .

  2. Interesting, a local Ohio paper says that the unemployment in Ohio has not changed in July, when I have seen posted here that their unemployment has gone up. This is not the first time I have see a story in the region stating one thing, and outside the area a completely different story. The media continues to amaze me at their incompetence.

  3. Admin – Your new article certainly clarifies the heart felt sensations that were behind your previous article. I utterly agree with you that effective TV advertising must carry a load of emotional charge if it is going to work in this stimulus driven world we inhabit. The Velma Hart ad was designed along those lines and R&R need to do a lot more of that if they are going to win this thing. They must be made to fully realize just how low down dirty these Chicago thugs are and have always been. Their ruthlessness is plain for all to see in all of their past campaign efforts and was certainly on full view when they violated Hillary Clinton’s superior candidacy in 2008.
    The ultimate voter decision is usually not that influenced by the VP nominee and it is much more a product of emotion than rational thought. It could well be that Rubio would have been a stronger pick, but I think that he had some serious baggage that might have outweighed his personal appeal. There can be no doubt that Ryan is a smart fellow and a real scrapper. He knows the budget business and has done his homework on Medical Care, so he can be a true asset for Romney, but the important thing is what can be done to the hearts and minds of the electorate with, God help us, television ads. Experience has shown that those with a ringing emotional wallop are the ones that ring the voters’ chimes and produce the outcomes at the ballot box.
    I’m with you on the need for heat and vigor in the advertising, but it is also vital that Romney gets out front on the realistic expectations of voters for what he can actually do for the country. I don’t mean moronic jingles like “Preserve and Protect Medicare” which echoes the feeble talking points of Gingrich and was so patently dishonest that nobody ever believed it. Setting out pragmatic plans to dump Obama’s wretched record and create workable policies for medical care, retirement planning for seniors, budgeting and reducing federal spending, our relations with the rest of the world, poverty and human rights all deserve serious disquisition in more than jingoistic slogans and talking points.
    I think we need both. Thoughtful and earnest ideas, a full exposure of just how bad a condition Obama has created and tough no holds barred TV ads that respond fast and hard and give as good as they get or even better. Romney has to understand that he must demolish this bugger to put him out of office. I say go to it!!

  4. “Do you like Barack Obama? Do you think Barack Obama is nice? Does a nice man call his political opponent a felon? Does a nice man call his political opponent a murderer? Barack Obama is not nice. Barack Obama is nasty.”
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    This needs to be done. Notice one of their witnesses who says she will not vote for Obama but goes on to say I still think he is a great person. Our job will not be done until people like her are willing to say he is an evil man—because that is precisely what he is. Therefore, it is imperative that they go after and destroy his bona fides. He is the devil. And unless sane Republicans are willing to say just that in some form, he has the tactical advantage. But don’t just say he is the devil–show them. This is the defining difference. The Republicans refuse to enagage in the ad hominum attack. Obama whores on the other hand make a market in it. Romney compares and contrasts policies. Obama seeks to destroy Romney personally. In military terms, Romney is fighting a limited war, whereas Obama is fighting total war bombing civilians, spreading race hatred, inciting violence and destroying this country. The only acceptable response to total war is total war. That is a hard concept for country club republicans to accept, whereas grass roots Republican understand this at the viceral level, and feel it in every fiber of their being. This is the hard left we are fighting and, truth to tell, they have not changed much since the glorious days of the French Revolution. Like the smallpox virus they must be eradicated, by a campaign which the Republicans have been incapable of waging since Lee Atwater–Reagan’s hit man. If Lee were alive he would be saying exactly what Admin is saying. Believe me. Put differently, it is the iron clad law of megapolitics that the dollar is all powerful, but the dollar is always hostage to the power of the gun.

  5. jbstonesfan
    August 17th, 2012 at 8:39 pm
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    It is too early. As Krauthammer told idiot wind O’Reilly the public does not know who Ryan is. Therefore, it is a race to the courthouse to define him. Sir Charles said the Florida election will be decided in the next two weeks and therefore stressed the importance of getting Ryan who is youthful, congenial and full of constructive ideas out before the public in every venue, so they see for themselves that he is not the Bealzeubub Prince of Devils figure that the Obama campaign and their collaborators in big media are painting him out to be. Like NB Forrest said, to win the battle I must get there firstest with the mostest. Romney take heed.

  6. I’m bringing Valleyboy’s excellent post over from the last thread.

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    valleyboy
    August 17th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    The Ryan pick is not “unfathomable” if you consider that Romney is the Regime’s designated loser this time, like Kerry in ‘04.

    From CLG founder Michael Rechtenwald (another liberal not on the koolaid):
    “Austerity measures are in store, no matter which party controls the White House, because they are needed by the ruling elite to maintain their position and identity as a class. Obama is simply the better choice for the ruling elite because the majority will sit unsuspecting as he enacts the cuts, while the rightwing provides cover by calling him a socialist.

    The Ryan choice is the choice of a ruling elite banking on a second Obama term. Romney and Ryan make Obama appear genial and generous by contrast, and that is exactly the goal.”
    http://www.legitgov.org/Ryan-Choice

    That said, the end result is up to the voters.

  7. Just wanted to say thanks for all the good times over the last 6 years or so but i feel its time to step back. I will no longer be posting news or commenting like i have done. I guess i need a really long break from all of this.

    Good luck with everything, this was never going to be an easy election, in the end, what will be will be. I may come back at some point, swing by maybe for a debate, never say never but for now, this is not for me and i feel the tone of division is only going to get dreadfully worse.

    Best regards…..MOP.

  8. Ryan Goes After Obama’s Crony Capitalism

    GLEN ALLEN, Va. – Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan decried “crony capitalism” Friday, telling supporters Friday that connected Washington insiders would benefit if President Barack Obama is re-elected.

    Mr. Obama wants to raise taxes and dole the money out to his cronies, Mr. Ryan said. The politically connected are “the people who get the breaks,” he added.

    This was a new line of attack for Mr. Ryan, who continued to punch hard at the president during two events in the battleground of Virginia. The Wisconsin congressman was greeted by enthusiastic supporters who crowded into high school gyms in Glen Allen and Springfield.

    Mr. Ryan said that voters would choose between Mr. Obama’s record of failure and Mr. Romney’s record of success.

    More In 2012
    Ryan Opens New Line of Attack: ‘Crony Capitalism’
    LaBolt Repeats: Romney Complaints ‘Seemed a Little Bit Unhinged’
    Rage Against the Machine Rages Against Paul Ryan
    Political Perceptions: Ryan Sparks a Money Bounce
    Paul Ryan Discloses $1 Million to $5 Million Family Trust

    “It’s such a clear, stark contrast,” he said.

    At each stop on the trail. Mr. Ryan speaks at length about Mr. Romney’s experience, touting his accomplishments as governor of Massachusetts, his turnaround of the Salt Lake City Olympics and his success at Bain Capital. The Republican presidential candidate seldom offers as much detail about his own life story on the stump, but Mr. Ryan is proving to be more comfortable talking about Mr. Romney than Mr. Romney himself is.

    Mr. Ryan also said Friday that Mr. Romney would be a more effective commander in chief who would maintain a strong national defense as he laid blame for planned defense cuts on the president. Mr. Obama has pointed out that many Republicans in Congress voted for the spending cuts, known as sequestration, but now are backing away from them. Mr. Ryan noted that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had described Israel as a “cancerous tumor” on Friday, and he suggested that that would not happen if Mr. Romney were president.

    “Under President Romney, our adversaries will think twice about challenging America and our allies because we believe in peace through strength,” Mr. Ryan said. “There will be no daylight between America and our friends around the world.”

  9. The Ryan pick is not “unfathomable” if you consider that Romney is the Regime’s designated loser this time, like Kerry in ‘04.

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    So did Romney pick Ryan because he wants to be a designated loser?

  10. moononpluto
    August 18th, 2012 at 12:18 am
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    We will miss you moon. Your contributions have been excellent. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

  11. Yup admin, Mitt has to hang up his Mormon underwear and put on his jackboots if he wants to take the Oval away from the Chicago mob.

    This ain’t Salt Lake City on a Sunday morning…this is urban USA where the nice guys are given weggies and the gangstas are paying off their homeys to protect their territory.

    Even the popcorn is going to get bloody.

  12. Oh MOP, don’t go away.
    This isn’t easy for any of us, but we have each other to sort though all the bs with together.

    I remember how I felt back in 08 and Hillary’s blog was unraveling and I didn’t even jump in and blog yet. I felt really alone until I found all the other Hillary voters online.

    If you go, you will be missed.

  13. The Ryan pick is not “unfathomable” if you consider that Romney is the Regime’s designated loser this time, like Kerry in ‘04.

    From CLG founder Michael Rechtenwald (another liberal not on the koolaid):
    “Austerity measures are in store, no matter which party controls the White House, because they are needed by the ruling elite to maintain their position and identity as a class. Obama is simply the better choice for the ruling elite because the majority will sit unsuspecting as he enacts the cuts, while the rightwing provides cover by calling him a socialist.

    The Ryan choice is the choice of a ruling elite banking on a second Obama term. Romney and Ryan make Obama appear genial and generous by contrast, and that is exactly the goal.”
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    Nonsense. If he is not on the koolaid, perhaps he is on hallucengenic drugs. Ryan is grass roots, not establishment. Both parties know the system will collapse if we do not address the problems now. The idea that Ryan is a bilderberger or controlled by same is a bridge too far. Much too far. The bankers choice is Obama. He is the one most likely to bail them out in the next crisis and the one after that and the one after that. He is their whore and the point is easily proven.

  14. We are one week into Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan. A number of polls are coming out telling a variety of stories about what it means. But one thing is clear: Barack Obama’s campaign has had several significant strategic failures this summer. And they failed to define Paul Ryan out of the gate with their Mediscare tactics. And they failed to define Mitt Romney this summer with a huge campaign spend.

    The Obama campaign hoped to use the summer to define Mitt Romney. They spent $25 million in May ads. Obama spent $58m in June. What effect did it have? At the end of July, Purple Strategies, a bipartisan polling firm, found (PDF) that Romney has pulled ahead of Obama, even as Obama’s favorability ticked up slightly. Obama’s out of control campaign spending yielded nothing, just like his out of control government spending yielded nothing. Politico even described that poll as giving the Ryan pick a small bump for the Romney campaign.

    But then the bombshell came. After a week of Mediscare attacks on Paul Ryan, they were not able to dislodge seniors in Florida. According to a poll, reported by the Palm Beach Post:

    But two Florida polls conducted since Ryan’s selection suggest that voters who are 65 and older support Ryan and his budget plan more than younger voters do. A third Florida poll released this week doesn’t include an age breakdown, but finds the state’s voters agreeing more with Ryan’s description of his budget and Medicare plan than with Democratic criticisms that it would “end Medicare as we know it.”

    The challenge for the Obama campaign is that if they can’t scare older voters away from Republicans with dishonest attacks on Paul Ryan’s proposal to save Medicare, then they are trapped. Paul Ryan turns out to be a big win. He is a candidate who is deeply connected to the industrial midwest which will be the swing region of the country this election. The Purple Strategies poll found that he helps most in Ohio. He will also help with young voters disenchanted and under-employed by the failure of the Obama economy.

    So the Obama campaign has failed in the two main tests. They hugely overspent Romney to disqualify him. They failed. And they have tried for three years to attack Republicans with the Ryan budget. And the polls in Florida, the place that should be most vulnerable to attacks, show that that failed.

    Chicago, you have an emergency.

  15. The bankers choice is Obama. He is the one most likely to bail them out in the next crisis and the one after that and the one after that. He is their whore and the point is easily proven.

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    Because Obama is their real pick, they want Romney as a ‘designated loser’ (like McCain was) and therefore they wanted Ryan as VP nominee. At least that is what Valleyboy’s post said.

  16. wbboei: “… The only response to total war is total war… a hard concept for country club Republicans to accept…”
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    Well, each of us has here at ground level has only three weapons to fight with: a money contribution, word of mouth, and in the end our own single vote.

    In the meantime, we might favor one strategy over another for the candidate we prefer; but we are not part of that process. Apparently, admin might have some influence there because some of admin’s advice has been followed in the past.

    For my part, I guess I must be of the ‘country club Republican’ variety – a hard concept for a socialist to accept!!

    But then again, I should disqualify myself on this issue of TV ads because, this month, I am celebrating my 40th year without a TV. What convinced me to drop TV in 1972 was the mind-numbing emotional content of TV ads, but also of the TV content, including the news.

    So by now, I am far removed from the mindset of the American public weaned on TV, which is why a number of bloggers here view me as a foreigner, or un-American.

    In any event, it is impossible for me, now, to solicit emotional content from the Romney campaign. I much prefer the posture his campaign has assumed thus far: fighting back on the slurs and mudslinging, yes, but then appealing to voters’ intelligence.

    I know, you have often referred to H.L. Mencken’s quip about the intelligence of the American public (no one ever accused Mencken of being un-American though), and I defer to your greater awareness of ‘total war’ in the TV world.

    However, to pursue your military analogy, by fighting hard on the ‘jobs jobs jobs’ and sticking to the issues of where ‘we are and where we are going’, as WJC suggested, the R2 campaign is already hitting Obama where it hurts – precisely ‘where we are and where we are going.’

  17. One of the accomplishments of Obama is that he has poisoned the well so to speak. The attacks are not believed automatically by ever growing numbers and the media has been loosing viewers because people learn to tune out propaganda. One of the themes that I see coming into focus by the R/R campaign is that they are going to “earn” their votes and Obama has not earned your vote. This theme is volatile. It is also subliminal. Obama has included race in most aspects of his biography, campaign and governance and as a tool to silence opposition. I think the “earning your vote” is about affirmative action and that Romney has polled and focus group-ed it. If questioned about it the Romney campaign will deny it, but it is the rebuttal to the race card. If this is what Romney is doing it is very bold and very risky.

  18. I agree moon- this forum is going backwards instead of forward. I will be checking in from time to time to see if any progress has been made..

  19. jbstonesfan: Don’t ever put Florida solidly in the D basket. When I was there in 2004, Jeb Bush was governor and his brother took Florida by a solid margin against Kerry. Also, I had a tragi-comic experience with my Hollywood neighbors and police, which I have related here twice before, and this was due mainly to my disagreement with Dubya and his wars. Hispanics went whole-heartedly for the Bushes and they also supported Rubio in 2010. My intuition tells me that Florida is up for grabs and even leaning hard toward the Republicans, with all the seniors, volatile Hispanics and Jews in Florida disappointed with Obama’s Israel policies.

  20. admin, I have no realistic notion of your connection to Romney. I appreciate all you have shared with us, and have attempted to impart to him. Using no more logic than G/I(gut over intelligence), I see an indication that MR is absolutely his own man.

    In appreciation of everyone here, I’m not yet certain how I’ll respond to the current changes. Day by day, I guess. I never claimed to be an intellect. However, one thing is certain; there will be no more hopium inserted here from me. The ultimate insult you could have given, you did.

  21. holdthemaccountable: Does this mean you’re dropping out too, like MOP? If so, I am seriously misreading something here. What is the ‘ultimate insult’ you are referring to?

  22. jeswezey 6:38 AM
    No, I’m wait and see. This place has been too valuable for me to know how I shall proceed long term. The ultimate insult: “A new commenter, not an applauding seal, refused to drink Romney brand Hopium”

  23. Admin I get what you are saying. But Romney is still limited by pre-convention money restraints on what he can spend. To go after Obama in the way you describe will take saturation ads to overcome the media blowback which will attempt to cover Obama’s backside. You are on point with the theme that the country cannot afford such a disastrous administration. But I see various themes being set up around this central premise in a “soft sell” that can escalate quickly with enormous ad buys post convention and the super-PACS are just starting. I’m guessing that the Romney campaign is indicating to the media that they will get none of his money if they do not lighten up with the Obama worship (I’m sure it came up with NBC and their Toure problem).

    I am not a Romney fan. I don’t agree with him on much. He generally has a reputation as being something of a soft touch, but he really isn’t. While he appears to be mild, even courtly, in his dealings he carries a hammer and that hammer is money. Obama had the money hammer in 2008 and he was an asshole. In 2012 he has rubber mallet and every time he hits something with it it bounces back at his head.

  24. Hillary should comment immediately on this situation. And she should say something like “we’re appalled”!

    Arab Spring run amok: ‘Brotherhood’ starts crucifixions Opponents of Egypt’s Muslim president executed ‘naked on trees’

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/arab-spring-run-amok-brotherhood-starts-crucifixions/

    Hillary is also associated with pushing this Arab Spring and if she doesn’t speak out against this terror, it will seriously hurt her reputation.

  25. moononpluto,

    As usual, we are in sync.

    rful rubber ball on her nose and imagining all is right in this best of all worlds newcomer “Abbie” offered a suggestion to Mitt Romney’s idiot team:”

    So the rest of us who have been here for 4-5 years are idiots?

    Not the admin I knew. I will return when the real admin does.

    BOL moononpluto.

  26. Didn’t post right. The quote was:

    “Instead of balancing a colorful rubber ball on her nose and imagining all is right in this best of all worlds newcomer “Abbie” offered a suggestion to Mitt Romney’s idiot team:”

  27. Let’s see if I’ve figured out how to use the HTML tags.

    Can anyone tell me who TDO and VB think picked Romney’s running mate? I can’t make any sense out of their recent posts.

    turndownobama
    August 18th, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Because Obama is their real pick, they want Romney as a ‘designated loser’ (like McCain was) and therefore they wanted Ryan as VP nominee. At least that is what Valleyboy’s post said.

  28. moononpluto
    August 18th, 2012 at 12:18 am
    Just wanted to say thanks for all the good times over the last 6 years or so but i feel its time to step back. I will no longer be posting news or commenting like i have done. I guess i need a really long break from all of this.

    Best regards…..MOP.

    Mrs. Smith
    August 18th, 2012 at 4:57 am
    I agree moon- this forum is going backwards instead of forward. I will be checking in from time to time to see if any progress has been made..

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    MOP and Mrs. Smith,
    Please don’t go or merely lurk. Your voices are needed here now more than ever.

    And for every TDO or Valleyboy there is at least one Wbboei, jeswezey, or Mormaer.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    wbboei
    August 18th, 2012 at 2:30 am

    But two Florida polls conducted since Ryan’s selection suggest that voters who are 65 and older support Ryan and his budget plan more than younger voters do. A third Florida poll released this week doesn’t include an age breakdown, but finds the state’s voters agreeing more with Ryan’s description of his budget and Medicare plan than with Democratic criticisms that it would “end Medicare as we know it.”

    So the Obama campaign has failed in the two main tests. They hugely overspent Romney to disqualify him. They failed. And they have tried for three years to attack Republicans with the Ryan budget. And the polls in Florida, the place that should be most vulnerable to attacks, show that that failed.
    Chicago, you have an emergency.

    jeswezey
    August 18th, 2012 at 4:58 am
    jbstonesfan: Don’t ever put Florida solidly in the D basket. When I was there in 2004, Jeb Bush was governor and his brother took Florida by a solid margin against Kerry.

    Mormaer
    August 18th, 2012 at 7:05 am
    Admin I get what you are saying. But Romney is still limited by pre-convention money restraints on what he can spend. To go after Obama in the way you describe will take saturation ads to overcome the media blowback which will attempt to cover Obama’s backside. You are on point with the theme that the country cannot afford such a disastrous administration. But I see various themes being set up around this central premise in a “soft sell” that can escalate quickly with enormous ad buys post convention and the super-PACS are just starting. …

  29. jeswezy-

    expect incoming in your subject mail.

    (you can also go here for more insight)

    http://pumasunleashed.wordpress.com

    For those who reject the Puma phenom ending before it got started, note the ‘unleashed’ portion of the above web address. Unless the usual visionary producer of ‘pink’ returns (may be ill? or on vacation?) Using the current sources i.e. Ulsterman and Breitbart, I am getting unpublished information from other sources nationwide as to how close we are to insurrection.. basically, the dreaded civil war in the country- stay tuned.

    I hope you all didn’t miss the article I posted last week. Homeland Security has been given authority over the Internet.
    You can google for the details.

    Obama was unable to gain approval for ‘his’ authority over the internet, legislated by Congress. In light of his failure, he has transferred our 1st Amend. Right to HS…

  30. This very important happening should be a topic for discussion- especially here at the top of the page. The Race Card is coming on strong.

  31. Meghan McCain (John’s daughter) makes the same recommendation as her father as concerns replacing Biden with Hillary, but ends an article she wrote in the Daily Beast with: “Since I want Romney to be our next president, all I know is I sleep a lot easier at night knowing that Paul Ryan is going to be debating Joe Biden and not Hillary Clinton.”

  32. holdthemaccountable: That statement of admin’s included me in its scope; but I don’t take it (or anything else) personally, thus no insult is possible. I have disagreed with admin several times in the past and suggest you do likewise: My comment above to wbboei was also addressed to admin, because they are on the same page of this ‘total war’ tack.

  33. Dear Moon, Smith, Basil, holdthemaccountable — please do not go!

    If you don’t agree with ADMIN, stay and say so – counter every post, fight for your views. We don’t really know what is going on here. ADMIN has been our friend for all these years – you don’t run out on a friend when they start doing and saying things you can’t understand – that’s called a fair-weather friend. Let’s try to understand and keep on supporting the ABO agenda. You’re not alone here – you have many, many readers – you surely know that. This is just a rough patch – you can get through this – you are all needed here.

    With love and respect,
    grape

  34. lil ole grape,

    Thank you for the support but honestly, some of us feel that over the past two weeks our views and voices have been insulted, dismissed and ridiculed. Personally, this has been my home away from home for years but you don’t stay where you are not wanted. There are other sites which are currently more inclusive. We have to fight enough as it is so why do battle with the site administrator on a daily basis?

    I am very disappointed but it is what it is and I can’t pretend it’s otherwise. One can excuse two posts, but three? And it is personal when the admin says just one new poster isn’t balancing “a colorful rubber ball on her nose and imagining all is right in this best of all worlds,” a clear implication that she regards many of us as doing just that.

    Since I have tried to be positive about the R-2 ticket I count myself among those admin is apparently referring to. I also count myself among those who refuse to be insulted.

    Like Mrs. S, HTA and MOP I will check back from time to time but there are plenty of others who espouse admin’s new position waiting to take our places. We are cyber warriors, nothing more, nothing less, easily forgotten with the click of a mouse.

    And like moononpluto, I have greatly appreciated everyone’s comments, stories, jokes and comaraderie.

  35. Well, well, Admin is chasing the good readers/commenters away. What is a blog writer without her/his spirited readers/participators? (may be the one bloviating bloviator or the dumb conspiracy theorist will be left standing).

    Here is a challenge to the admin: instead of ranting/raving and god forbid, WHINING that Romney’s ‘idiot’ team is not listening to your ad-vice, how about hiring a volunteer or even a paid operative to do what FLINEO did during the primary 08? Flineo was a phenomenal ad/video maker and public servant and he did it all on his own producing fantastic (truth) videos that many of us used as jumping off points for our blog posts. Hire someone like Flineo and put your ideas for anti-Obama ads into fruition that may be the ‘idiot’ Romney people can use. Put money where your mouth is if you believe so strongly that Obama should be defeated.

    Moononpluto (and the gentleman commenter tim), wait up.. I am coming too..

  36. pm317: “Admin is chasing the good readers/commenters away.”

    ====

    The answer is not to take things personally and to fight for what you think, politely and rationally.

    Come on, folks, I’ve weathered personal attacks before and I’m still here. Let’s not get all personal about what is essentially a tactical issue!

  37. pm317
    August 18th, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Well, well, Admin is chasing the good readers/commenters away.

    It’s either admin or someone writing as admin. Either way, it is very demoralizing.

  38. An anonymous author in “Washington Secrets” says about the Klein story of a luncheon between HRC and Jarrett about the VP position:

    “The State Department denied the lunch occurred, according to the Weekly Standard.”

    I think we can take the State Department’s word for it, and that of the Weekly Standard. This Klein story is a fabrication meant to feed the rumor mill.

  39. pm317: “Admin is chasing the good readers/commenters away.”

    =====

    And I guess that means that only the dregs are left? I think a ‘good’ reader/commenter would not be frightened off. Take Lil ol’ grape’s advice, if not mine.

  40. Appreciate the mentions, and remind you it is a day-to-day thing with me. But, it reminds me for all the world of 2008 when the Dimocrats said they did not value our opinions and would ignore our protests.

  41. jeswezey
    August 18th, 2012 at 4:45 am
    wbboei: “… The only response to total war is total war… a hard concept for country club Republicans to accept…”
    —————————
    I thought about this overnight. In their defense, the two times their party gave themselves over to the total war concept, and hit the restart button, it scared the horses and it failed. Once was Goldwater in ’64 and the other was Gingrich’s shut down in government in ’94. The memory of all that haunts them to this very day–and makes people who are conservative by nature even more so. They know big media hates them, and protects the incumbent. They ran to Romney for that reason, and through primogenture. There is not much we can do about that.

    When Admin speaks, she speaks not as a talking head, but as a professional statetegist who understands from a war room perspective how with each move and counter move the battle will be waged. Rubio was the clear choice on paper for many reasons, but Romney chose Ryan. I think it is safe to say that Romney knows more about Rubio than we do, and the fact that Crist has joined a democrat ambulance chasing firm suggests they were prepared for him. If you sift through the entrails there was that faint sense of please don’t throw me into the bramble bush from the dims.

    My initial reaction was not unlike that of Admin. I wanted him to be the power behind the throne, rather than on front street. I feared what the other side would do with this–the lies, the graphic images, to pollute all the weak minds in the electorate.

    But within a day, my view shifted to how do we win with Ryan, and I did a late night apologia. I began to see the logic behind this move. But it remains a gamble. My reaction was echoed and re echoed by his overly cautious advisors, who frankly are not up to the task. But the point to remember is that as time goes on, Ryan will be his principle spokesman, and a bold articulate one.

    The next four months will be a roller coaster, and I can understand the reaction of those who are now talking about leaving the blog. From my perspective that is the wrong decision. Admin is speaking to Romney as much as to us, and deserves some degree of deference. There is a tendency, not just here, but throughout the Nobama ranks to engage in magic thinking, and to assume that which is so obious to us is equally obvious to others. Admin is a check and balance on that.

    I know there are people who believe we cannot say anything negative about their candidate. To do so is heresy and we must kill the heretic. But that is not a mature view either. The thing to remember about every politician is if it ever gets down to a question of you vs them, its gonna be you. I know of only one exception to that rule, and it was my good fortune to have known her. In the last analysis, this aint about love–it is about strategy. And those who fail to grasp that distinction will in the words of Machiavelli soon learn something that will ruin them.

  42. Here is some more ad-vice you might like:

    The ad would open with a man, about 40, sitting in his living room with his wife and kids seated next to him. He looks into the camera and says:
    “I’ve voted Democratic all my life. In 2008 I voted for Barack Obama. It was a vote I am proud of. I wanted to be part of the generation that voted a black man into the presidency of the United States. It was the right vote for the right reason. But, sadly, it was for the wrong man. “I don’t think this country can survive four more years of Barack Obama as president. I know my family can’t. I lost my job two years ago, and I fear I’m going to lose my house.
    “Mitt Romney has the business experience to bring back our economy fast. He has my vote.”
    Other Democrats for Romney commercials would feature:
    * A woman who wanted Hillary Clinton in 2008 but voted for Obama in the general election.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/time_for_democrats_for_romney_AUZ6cjhzmQwugmwm4pEt6J#ixzz23uR0a0BG

  43. It’s pretty sad really that we have a leader so devoid of idea on how to fix the economy that he is reduced to doing inconsequential shows to talk sports.

    IT is less than 3 months to the election and obama has nothing to offer. He is hiding behind these shows in the hopes that people are stupid enough to vote for him again. 👿

  44. Oh, jeswezy,

    I see what you mean but I would imagine pm317 was referring to the more active posters and that is the category I put myself into. I certainly don’t consider myself one of the better posters, just a loyalist whose been put off by this new hostile tone from admin.

    It’s one thing to read into what the admin – the master wordsmith- says. It’s another to take offense at what a poster writing in haste said. Although I can’t speak for pm317 I would be shocked if she was implying others are the ‘dregs.”

    Anyway, I’m off for the time being.

  45. Dear Moon, Smith, Basil, holdthemaccountable — please do not go!

    We need your voices.The DNC told us to sit down and shut up in 08.
    But our girl says never give up never give in. 🙂

  46. wbboei: “…the two times their party gave themselves over to the total war concept, and hit the restart button, it scared the horses and it failed.”

    ====

    I understand the two examples you give; but don’t you think they might be right to come to such a conclusion after two such disasters? Someone said the definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Maybe the R base and leadership are right to shy away from a total war strategy?

    And the total war strategy on the D side: Do you have any successful examples of that? Obama 2008? Obama was polling less than McCain until the Sept 15 meltdown, and then the public went for the Dems, really, because at the time people thought the Dems were more competent on the economy. There is no reason to think, really, that Obama’s negative campaign did him much good in ’08. I think the main reason he won was because he began running on HRC’s program, which was economy-oriented, and because HRC was supporting him.

    And do you think O’s negative campaign has done him a lot of good this time around? I don’t think so. The polls don’t show that.

    So I still think R2’s best bet is to fight off the mudslinging and appeal to the intelligence of the electorate, despite Mencken’s warning. If they do so, they will attract support across the political spectrum. Total war would lower them to O’s level and people would lose interest.

  47. I understand the two examples you give; but don’t you think they might be right to come to such a conclusion after two such disasters?
    ——————
    If the circumstances are the same then yes. But here you have a unique dynamic. The dims cast the first stone, and they have big media on their side. I think this gets more into the realm of defending yourself against a bully. I think an ad homium attack requries an ad hominum attack, as opposed to a surgical analysis of why the first attack is wrong. People tend to think in terms of images. The Chicago goul portrait of Obama is far more powerful than the endless comparisions of the before and after. People look at those comparisons and say politicians never keep their word. But if the politician is morally corrupt, then that will resonate. Any attack that comes close to that invokes the knee jerk response of racism, and indeed the left has expanded that charge to policy differences as well. When that is the case, the time has come to take off the gloves.

  48. • Like Mrs. S, HTA and MOP I will check back from time to time but there are plenty of others who espouse admin’s new position waiting to take our places. We are cyber warriors, nothing more, nothing less, easily forgotten with the click of a mouse.

    Basil 99, Mrs. S, HTA, MOP et al, is this how you support your ideas and beliefs, by gently being taunted and then you remove yourself from discourse, SHAME ON YOU, as Hillary would say; if you find there are lies being told, speak out about them, prove them wrong and don’t scurry to a corner like scared little kittens.

    Romney is no loser like Kerry, the next POTUS will be Mitt Romney and this is not just wishful thinking, Romney keeps gaining on Obama. For an incumbent, Obama should be at least 5 points ahead of his challenger and yet Obama is fighting just to keep close.

    And as far as strong ads against Obama they will be forthcoming right after the Convention… Why blow your load early and waste your money. Romney understand the Art of War very well,and has so far played Obama perfectly.
    Racism is all that they have, and saying that Romney is trying to Niggerization Obama is just one of the more desperate, despicable, non-effective ploys ever conceived.
    Check out Urban Dictionary for the definition of Niggerization it describes more the tactic that Obama is using agains the folks.

    This is the time for Pumas to resilient, not to run away: so stay and fight until November 6th…

  49. wbboei
    August 18th, 2012 at 11:26 am
    I understand the two examples you give; but don’t you think they might be right to come to such a conclusion after two such disasters?
    ——————
    The bet the Republicans are making is that the public at large can see the situation we are in and will rise to the challenge so long as their interests are protected. That they can see it clearly and will punish the side that offers character attacks without constructive solutions. They see this as a reprise of 1980. The great imponderable here is whether the Obama minions will by inadvertence or design unleash forces within society which they cannot control. In that case, it will be a landslide for Romney.

  50. One final observation. Admin is looking at the electoral map, and seeing things which many of us may not see. This is not a refendum on Romney. It is a matter of turning important blue states red. For that, I posted the Rove website which tracks that evolution.

  51. jeswezey
    August 18th, 2012 at 11:09 am
    ——————–
    The other thing I forgot to say. I could be wrong.

  52. Mitt Romney and President Obama are good for the Republican National Committee, which today reported its best-ever July fundraising take.

    According to the committee, the RNC raised $37.7 million. What’s more, it reported its best January-July fundraising in a decade.

    What’s more, Republican sources tell Secrets that Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate is resulting in a new surge of donations, many from first-time donors.

    The RNC report just received:

    RNC Announces Record July Fundraising

    WASHINGTON – The Republican National Committee raised $37.7 million in the month of July–the best July in the history of the committee. The RNC currently has $88.7 million cash on hand.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/gop-breaks-record-for-july-fundraising/article/2505208

  53. NewMexicoFan
    August 17th, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Interesting, a local Ohio paper says that the unemployment in Ohio has not changed in July, when I have seen posted here that their unemployment has gone up. This is not the first time I have see a story in the region stating one thing, and outside the area a completely different story. The media continues to amaze me at their incompetence.
    &&&&&&

    Sure, there are cases of incompetence.

    But I’d say more generally, they ARE competent. They are fulfilling their responsibilities as tasked to them by management of being Obama’s “state mouthpiece”, slandering his opponents, papering over his weaknesses and covering up for his lies. Nice job! Well done! Pay raise for you.

  54. Obama could win. 👿
    Over 100 million people are receiving some kind of gov’t assistance these days, and once they get used to the free ride, it’s like crack, it’s difficult not to crave the free Gov’t handouts.

  55. To digrees a moment, the link below offers deep insight into the tactics of the dimocrats–and their spokeman Al Sharpton. It is not about him per se. It is about murder rates, but it bears on his position, and ultimately Holder’s as well. In their view, white on black crime is the problem. This argument may have been true at one time, but today it is an artifact of history, relatively speaking. Their power base depends on never letting this nation get past that chapter of its history, and it we cannot do that then it will be the death of us as a nation.

    Here are the finding of the justice department. Murder declined over the past 20 years, but during the imperial reign of King Barack Hussein Obama it has moved in the opposite direction. Most of the crime is intra racial–beause the races tend to live separate and apart from eachother. But more important than that the percentage of murders which were black on white were 14% whereas the percentage of white on black were 6%. Furthermore, the percentage of black on black murders were 94% and the percentage of white on white murders were 86%. Big media does not want you to know this. It rebuts their decidedly one sided narrative.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304830704577496501048197464.html?mod=WSJ_hps_LEFTTopStories

  56. In Florida especially demographics is destiny. Notice how the percentage of seniors is now equal between dims and republicans. Ryan will be campaigning with his geriatric mother who lives in Jupiter Florida. And the response of one senior who is a lifelong democrat. Even though the Ryan plan changes nothing for her she claims the choice will be too difficult. Evidently, she trusts bureaucrats more than she trusts herself. There is no way to reach people like this. Rationality eludes them.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444233104577595613123378488.html?mod=WSJ_hps_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsForth

  57. Obama is free to call the Seals aggressive, patriotic and many other things. But for his spokesman in big media to call them gutless fails to pass the red face test. Gutless??? The SEALS???? This is about what you would expect from a big media and campaign joined at the hip who knows their future is slipping away. Fear and delusion go hand in glove.

  58. I read and watch with interest all of the dynamics of how and whether Romney will win. However, one twist of the economy at the right time will determine the win. Remember it did in 2008.

    So I feel, no matter how skillfully you create the ads, or run the campaign, AN EVENT at the right time can mess with the country FOREVER!

  59. This pre pubescent white house staffer has mastered the fine are of moving his lips and saying nothing. The question from the press corps is why won’t Obama ANSWER QUESTIONS, and the bullshit non responsive geticulating reponse is he is on the campaign tail talking about draught etc. Those discussions consist of nothing more than political talking points. There is no discussion, it is all just propaganda–from Obama and this pre pubescent dancing panda. The press corps should get up in the middle of this rope a dope maneuver and leave the room en masse.

    http://nation.foxnews.com/wh-press-corp/2012/08/17/wh-press-corps-why-obama-dodging-tough-questions-press

  60. wbboei
    August 18th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    They can’t as O hold the purse strings to the book they all want to write to fund their retirment and medical care. We don’t really have free press anymore. What we have is a bunch of jokers that thinks a review of their writting by the WH is perfectly OK in a free society.

  61. NMF: our best answer then is not to listen to them. They are out of touch with the American People. That dimishes their credibilty an their utilty to Obama. He has used up their credibilty without them even realizing it. There will be cracks in the dike moving forward.

  62. China’s shrinking economy
    By Gordon G. Chang
    Published August 17, 2012
    FoxNews.com

    They did it again. Beijing’s economic statistics for July, issued last week, appear to have been “made up,” as the Chinese now characterize fictitious numbers. One figure, whether accurate or not, was especially illuminating. Last month, the production of electricity, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, increased 2.1% year-on-year.

    There is growing evidence that officials have been artificially inflating the closely followed electricity number to make the economy appear stronger than it actually is, but even a 2.1% increase indicates China has flatlined.

    Why?

    Historically, the growth of electricity in that country has outpaced the growth of its gross domestic product, the most widely followed measure of economic performance.

    The truth is that America depends on China much less than China depends on the United States. Take China’s trade surplus in goods. Last year, China’s surplus against the U.S. amounted to

    The conclusion that China’s economy is probably shrinking is confirmed by manufacturing surveys and prices indexes, but the most telling indicators are the mountains of unneeded commodities. Copper in recent months has been stockpiled in parking lots, and iron ore has been stored in granaries. Ships loaded with unwanted coal have been waiting off Chinese ports. That’s why China analysts are talking about the “heart attack” economy, and Anne Stevenson-Yang of J Capital Research uses the phrase “rigor mortis.”

    Most analysts, however, don’t worry. They believe China’s problems are temporary and will soon be forgotten because the country is in a supercycle upwards.

    They’re wrong. After 35 years of virtually uninterrupted growth, China has hit an inflection point. The three primary reasons that created more than three decades of growth either no longer exist or are disappearing fast. The country is no longer reforming, the international environment is not benign, and the “demographic dividend”—an extraordinary bulge in the workforce—is turning into a demographic bust.

    It is in this adverse context—not the favorable one of the last three decades—that Chinese leaders will have to act. In other words, they will no longer be propelled by trends; going forward, they will have to succeed in spite of them.

    Unfortunately for them, Chinese leaders cannot do what is necessary to jumpstart growth. Everyone agrees they have to stimulate domestic consumption—the investment-led, export-heavy model is unsustainable.

    Yet Beijing did not try to change this model a half-decade ago when it would have been much easier to do so. Then, other countries were willing to take China’s products and gave Chinese economic planners a cushion of fat export earnings. Now, with declining markets abroad, China cannot earn big profits from sales to foreign customers. Without the export cushion, the transition to a consumption-led economy in China will cause dislocations that are considered politically unacceptable.

    The Chinese economy is now in a new supercycle. This time, the direction of the cycle, which could last decades, is down. Yes, China has passed its peak and is unable to implement necessary reforms.

    So what does this mean for us here in the United States? Many policymakers believe severe troubles in China will rock the United States so we need to support Chinese growth. Clearly, a sudden failure there would roil global markets because institutional investors will be caught by surprise. They appear to more or less accept Beijing’s official numbers, which portray an economy growing at just under 8%. When they no longer believe the Chinese government’s line, we could see markets tank.

    Moreover, multinationals will be hurt because they have made big bets on China, and even now problems there are already denting earnings. Ask Caterpillar, for instance.

    Yet not all the effect will be negative for us. Smaller American manufacturers, for instance, will undoubtedly be helped as they will face less competition from their Chinese counterparts. The return of manufacturing to America will accelerate.

    So we don’t have to be overly concerned about China’s coming failure. The truth is that America depends on China much less than China depends on the United States. Take China’s trade surplus in goods. Last year, China’s surplus against the U.S. amounted to $295.4 billion. China’s overall goods surplus was $155.1 billion. That means its surplus against us was an unimaginable 190.5% of its overall trade surplus. China, in short, has an economy geared to selling things to the United States.

    And, incredibly, China’s dependence on the United States is increasing at this moment. In the first seven months of this year, Chinese exports to Europe fell 3.6% over the same period last year. How about China’s exports to America? They jumped 11.4%.

    The United States, on the other hand, does not have an economy geared to China. Trade for the United States—and especially its trade with China—is a negative for its gross domestic product. This is not to say that trade does not, in the larger picture, benefit America. It certainly does. But it is to say American economic success does not depend on China’s.

    And, contrary to a general belief, the U.S. would be better off without Beijing funding its federal deficits. Our problem has been too many international and domestic investors wanting to lend to Washington, not too few.

    So when China’s economy collapses, Americans will realize they have less stake in the Chinese miracle than they have been led to believe

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/08/17/china-shrinking-economy/#ixzz23v8OLTBp

  63. I did not know you were in Hollywood. My law office is in Hollywood/Dania. As far
    the board, no one should leave. I thought we all could agree that
    despite our differences, we all stood united against Obama. I am
    truly sorry if my pessimism had upset anyone. I,am not a professional
    blogger and respect others input much more than my occasional
    posts. I can report today that Romney headquarters in Boca is gearing
    up and getting ready post nomination to get the message out. I will do my
    part and try to be more optimistic. Again, I hope everyone reflects on
    the big picture and do not allow disagreements to tear us apart. I can
    tell you that as a strong supporter of Israel, I have been disappointed
    in Hillary at times, but I respect her and remain committed to defeating
    Obama.

  64. When China’s economy starts collapsing, its leaders will likely turn to military adventurism to control an increasingly restive population by sending out its excess of men to die in wars with China’s neighbors. Look then for the region to become a major flashpoint for conflict between China, Japan and the US in the 2020’s.

  65. wbboei
    August 18th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I agree that the Press is no longer relavent. I think they understand that, and that their jobs are short lived.

    I believe what I see on this blog. Why, because there are a lot of people here that will double check what is said, even quarrel with Admin. If people are not double checking facts, and disagreeing with the writing, I would worry. In fact in the past, I felt that people agreeded with admin maybe at times a little too much.

    So All I want to say is disagree by all means, and hold everyones feet to the fire on this blog. I for one admire Admin, but they are not infallible.

  66. jbstonesfan
    August 18th, 2012 at 2:20 pm
    —————————
    You’re fine. I just really don’t get what is expected of me.

  67. TwoGirls
    August 18th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    ===================

    I too am confused by one point in Valleyboy’s post, and I questioned him on it. but haven’t seen a reply from V. I brought V’s whole post over because it had got lost at the end of the old thread, and the part about the elite bankers wanting Obama to win was excellent, imo.

    Imo, the bankers wanting Ryan as VP nominee because they want Romney to be a ‘designated loser’ was interesting. But did V think that the bankers could actually force Romney to choose Ryan? Or that Romney himself would agree to be a ‘designated loser’?

    Btw, your html looks fine.

  68. Ryan is a brilliant man with a clear vision. The man the moment and the message–the formula for electoral success are all here in this excellent interview with Carl Cameron. Before him, the Romney campaign was drifting. By selecting him, Romney now has changed the game. Obama made a big show of they walked into our trap, etc. Secretly, I would bet my life that he is shitting in his pants. Spend the next 12 minutes watching this–the demeanor, the positiveness, the congeniality, the vision–its all here…. How differnt from the spindly armed bot believe wart in the face boom box toting fool and his broken down vice president and his poisoned on testaterone campaign staff and his out of touch with the public big media shills. Obama has got failure written all over his forehead. If there is a crisis between now and the election, the people will not run to Obama. They will run away from him.

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/1792687061001/congressman-paul-ryan-the-stimulus-was-a-failure/?playlist_id=86858

  69. freespirit
    August 17th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    foxy, this is great! Love it.

    How about this for a bumper sticker?

    Dimocrats, IT’S YOUR PARTY, YOU CAN CRY IF YOU WANT TO . I’m thinking of printing that one up. lol

    I love it. 🙂

  70. Seems everyone is looking for perfect.In an imperfect world. 🙂
    George Washington had slaves and wooden teeth.
    Winston Churchill sucked cigars and gin bottles.
    They weren’t perfect either.
    How did they work out?

  71. When China’s economy starts collapsing, its leaders will likely turn to military adventurism to control an increasingly restive population by sending out its excess of men to die in wars with China’s neighbors. Look then for the region to become a major flashpoint for conflict between China, Japan and the US in the 2020’s.
    —————————–
    That is one possiblity. The other is the overthrow of the communist regime. Either way there will be blood.

  72. foxyladi14
    August 18th, 2012 at 4:10 pm
    Seems everyone is looking for perfect.In an imperfect world.
    George Washington had slaves and wooden teeth.
    Winston Churchill sucked cigars and gin bottles.
    They weren’t perfect either.
    How did they work out?
    ————————-
    Oh, but we had perfect did we not? We had to quote washpo an intelligent man in an intelligent house in an intelligent city, a man of Lincolnesque proportion according to Presidential historian Michael Bechloss, a man with great abs according to Andrew Sullivan and all the other forgotten accolades and superlatives our betters in big media could muster to defend an indefensible position. There is a professor who lives in Virginia named Bob Rotella. When I was working hard with Ledbetter Runayan and others trying to get good enough to get on the senior tour–a Quixotic mission that ended in glorious failure, I sought his help. Most golf teachers work on the golfswing, course management, putting etc. Rotella worked on the mental side with touring pros and to my knowledge he still does. Much of what he has to say was memorialized in a book called Golf is Not A Game of Perfect. His Sequel? Life Not A Game of Perfect. When we are wrong we back up and try again. We find other ways to achieve our goal. The same goes for politics. Which is another way of saying there is more than one way to sink a Messiah, but he is doing a pretty good job of doing it all by himself right now. Isn’t he?

  73. Is anyone listening to THE FRAUD on his campaign speech in NH right now on tv? He’s lying through his teeth but the people don’t realize it. Compare his speech with all the “I’m going to do all this for you” and Ryan’s speech this morning in Florida about policy is striking.

    Administrator, it hits home on your advice.

  74. nserting himself into the biographies of past presidents on the White House website apparently wasn’t enough for President Obama. His State Department is now editing its descriptions of foreign countries into yet another taxpayer-subsidized campaign commercial for the Obama Administration.

    The State Department has recently ended its long-running series of Background Notes, which were analytical, objective histories of other countries. In their place, new “Fact Sheets” now tout Obama’s policies and actions toward each nation. No more historical context, no recounting of complex and long-standing issues in the country. Just cut to the chase—that is, the time when the current Administration came to power.

    Heritage’s Jim Roberts, one of the editors of Heritage’s Index of Economic Freedom, was struck by the disproportionate change in emphasis while doing some research recently. Roberts, who worked at the State Department from 1982 to 2007 and used to write these country profiles, said he had never seen edits like these under either previous Republican or Democratic Administrations.

    Roberts noted that “They seem to be not ‘fact sheets’ but brag sheets,” adding that the edits appear to treat countries more favorably when the Obama Administration agrees with their leaders.
    http://blog.heritage.org/2012/08/17/morning-bell-obama-edits-official-state-department-documents-to-tout-himself/

  75. Seems everyone is looking for perfect.In an imperfect world.
    George Washington had slaves and wooden teeth.
    Winston Churchill sucked cigars and gin bottles.
    They weren’t perfect either.
    How did they work out?

    ====================

    Thanks for a VERY sensible post!

    Also, Jefferson fathered half-black children. JFK and Bill Clinton had affairs Weiner and Spritzer did sexy stuff. Waters was accused of non-sexy stuff.

    Let’s write them all some slack and let them get on with their good work.

  76. I believe what I see on this blog. Why, because there are a lot of people here that will double check what is said, even quarrel with Admin. If people are not double checking facts, and disagreeing with the writing, I would worry.

    =====================

    I agree. 😉

  77. Is anyone listening to THE FRAUD on his campaign speech in NH right now on tv? He’s lying through his teeth but the people don’t realize it. Compare his speech with all the “I’m going to do all this for you” and Ryan’s speech this morning in Florida about policy is striking.

    Administrator, it hits home on your advice
    ——————-
    If these are his supporters, then they probably do not realize it.

  78. I hope everyone reconsider and not leave this site. there’s one single person who has kept together us all and that is Hillary! not Romney nor Rubio! I ,too wanted Rubio to be R’s vp (I’m Hispanic,ex democrat or better said “Hillary democrat” ,Independent leaning republican) I have a lot of Hispanic friends who are republican and some are democrats.these dems that I know are voting BO no matter what because they think his a dem, and the others are voting rep.My husband and I are voting Romney-Ryan if Hillary is not at the top of the ticket.For me is ABO, I like Romney very much and was going to vote for him no matter the vp, I thought Rubio could help him with my dem friends, but At the same time I think Romney is a very smart man who has succeeded in a business career and I don’t think he’s timid or stupid, he’s taking his time and he’ll do the best as is is required.Last Saturday I followed all the buzz with the vp selection and I was impressed with Ryan, he’s articulate, sincere ,knowledgeable, connects with people.I found myself with tears in my eyes just for listening to him and R and I’ve read that many people did too.I just forgot about my desire for Rubio to be his vp and I feel the enthusiasm about this team and I’m engaged on them to win as I was for Hillary in 2008.I never thought it could happen again, but I feel hope in these 2 man who I sense are very authentic , successful and well prepared.I really feel they can win.I have a bumper sticker R for president and a lot of people stops me and says” I like your bumper sticker” even a young African american I the YMCA told me that.I feel more people than we need is ready to vote for them than for O.I understand the Administrator concerns but I feel optimist RR team will pick all this info and act in consequence.Please keep informing us all about the events in our country, don’t be that discouraged because there are a lot of Hispanics, AA,and other minorities who are rooting for Romney because the economy , gas prices ,etc.Nobody has voted yet, so ADMIN please, not everything is lost yet, we still have time to work , have Romney in 2012 and HILLARY in 2016! I don’t blog that much, but come here several times a day, and hope to see your names still here.God bless you all and thank you for this wonderful site!

  79. Mrs. Smith, see you on Pumas Unleashed. I don’t know what has happened here but it is very demoralizing and depressing to read Admin’s posts. I feel insulted and it almost feels like she/he is saying we should just give up because Romney picked Ryan. You all here know how much I wanted Romney to pick Rubio but I have to admit Rubio may have had something in his vetting that tripped alarms. Ryan seems to be a good alternative and as we cannot do anything about Romney’s pick, we just need to carry on and do the best we can. That is very hard to do with such negative comments coming from TDO, VB, and others. I will lurk at times but I don’t need all the emotional, heart wrenching feelings I had when things began to go bad for our girl. Can’t take it again and I need more positive reinforcement to not go wacko like I did four years ago.

  80. I love this tough talk.:)
    We have serious economic problems in this country, and they’re not going to be fixed by hopey-changey bullshit or “fundamental transformation” to a European-style social welfare state. As Mitt says on the campaign trail, Europe doesn’t even work in Europe. Why the Obama-ites think it’ll work here is beyond me.

  81. foxyladi14
    August 18th, 2012 at 6:30 pm
    I hope Abbie comes back and posts some more
    *****

    You mean Admins new BFF? LOL

  82. I love this site. I read it faithfuly everyday like my morning newspaper.

    Keep up the good work Admin.

  83. holdthemaccountable
    August 18th, 2012 at 7:00 am

    The ultimate insult: “A new commenter, not an applauding seal, refused to drink Romney brand Hopium”

    ——
    Yea, that was pretty harsh but I just pass it off as admin’s pretty pist at the Ryan-toss Grandma off the cliff choice, and is venting.

    Maybe I am wishing to think that more than anything else.

  84. foxyladi14
    August 18th, 2012 at 12:13 pm
    Obama could win.
    Over 100 million people are receiving some kind of gov’t assistance these days, and once they get used to the free ride, it’s like crack, it’s difficult not to crave the free Gov’t handouts.
    ___________________________________________________________

    Lets hope most want vote

  85. Who goes to any political blog and agrees with everyone?

    Not me. I have my own life experiences like all of you and state why I don’t agree with something. If someone convinces me that I am wrong, I will admit it.

    Walk away from Big Pink? Never. Not unless the blog turns against Hillary. Not unless admin decides to defend voting for Barry.

    Until then, I don’t assume admin is attacking me personally unless she/he/they say my name specifically.

    Does Hillary or Sarah go silent when they KNOW they are being attacked?

    Hell no!!!

  86. Shadowfax
    August 18th, 2012 at 7:10 pm
    Who goes to any political blog and agrees with everyone?

    Not me. I have my own life experiences like all of you and state why I don’t agree with something. If someone convinces me that I am wrong, I will admit it.

    Walk away from Big Pink? Never. Not unless the blog turns against Hillary. Not unless admin decides to defend voting for Barry.

    Until then, I don’t assume admin is attacking me personally unless she/he/they say my name specifically.

    Does Hillary or Sarah go silent when they KNOW they are being attacked?

    Hell no
    _________________________________________________________________

    AMEN,

    I could not have said it better

  87. First Romney Weekly Podcast Hammers Obama Over Medicare
    [Mitt has his own big white board, is he taking lessons from Rove and Perot? 😉

    MITT ROMNEY: This November, America will make a choice about the direction we want to go as a country – and nowhere is that choice clearer than on the issue of Medicare.

    President Obama’s healthcare law raided $716 billion from the Medicare trust fund. And he did that to finance his takeover of the healthcare system.

    Now if that wasn’t bad enough, his healthcare law also put in place a board of 15 unelected bureaucrats and gave them the power to make additional cuts to Medicare without even having to get approval from Congress. This means they could deny elderly Americans the care they’ve worked for their entire lives – all because President Obama trusts bureaucrats more than he trusts seniors and their doctors.

    And here’s one more troubling aspect of all this: According to independent, non-partisan scorekeepers, these cuts the President’s people will take to Medicare won’t prevent it from going bankrupt: Experts estimate that Medicare’s trust funds will be exhausted just twelve short years from now.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/08/18/first_romney_weekly_podcast_hammers_obama_over_medicare.html

  88. Romney and Ryan are much more likable than I expected — but then again it’s ALWAYS been ABO for me. Being in the political wilderness is lonely and hard, so wanting to feel good about the candidates and confident that one’s vote counts is understandable. Do R&R have the intelligence and warrior-like instincts and strategies to win this election? Who knows. For now, I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt, based on how they’re handling the economic issue via Medicare/Obamacare. It’s only a start, however. As we saw in 2008, when you have a vicious and ruthless politician like BO and a sycophant media only too willing to prop him up, then the election must be fought aggressively and on multiple fronts. Whether R&R can in fact frame this election as a referendum (according to Admin) on BO’s disastrous policies and his nefarious character rather than as a simple “choice” between Parties or candidates is an important question. (No doubt, the Dems are good at framing discourse. Even before 2008 they had recourse to Prof Lakoff’s Rockridge Institute which specifically set out to identify and master techniques of FRAMING political discourse (i.e. propaganda) and finding candidates who could resonate on a visceral rather than a rational level (i.e. on a cult level).

    We — all of us posting here — have come this far, united in one goal (since HRC “lost” the primary) — to kick Obama’s boney ass out of the WH. We’ve debated, argued, even resorted to name-calling, when disagreeing about how to reach that goal or, most recently, about prospective candidates. Name-calling, IMO, is counter-productive since it’s not only demoralizing and divisive, but a waste of energy. Perhaps Admin’s tone has been a bit harsh lately, but I take it in the spirit of earnestness and admonition: to wit, liking R&R alone will not win us the election (didn’t we all learned that the hard way with McCain/Palin?). Nevertheless, I’d like to think there is room to voice support for R&R and to nudge them to fight smarter and harder against that multiple-headed hydra which is Obama. http://www.pantheon.org/articles/h/hydra.html .
    In any case, I’m happy to frequent this blog as both lurker and poster. I, too, feel each day here is a new day – that is, one more day to focus on booting the current Asshole in Chief out of the WH. If you are for that, then you are my ally regardless of any differences we may have (now or in the past). If some of you have decided to leave this blog, I wish you well. And for goodness sake, wherever you go and wherever you are, keep up the good fight.

  89. The ultimate insult: “A new commenter, not an applauding seal, refused to drink Romney brand Hopium”

    ===============

    *pout*

    Well! I’ve been here for the longest time and I’ve never drunk any GOP Hopium, and then here comes someone new and SHE gets the compliment!

    That really hurts my feelings!

    But I’ll try to go on.

    *sobs*

  90. August 18th, 2012 at 8:04 pm
    The ultimate insult: “A new commenter, not an applauding seal, refused to drink Romney brand Hopium”

    ===============

    *pout*

    Well! I’ve been here for the longest time and I’ve never drunk any GOP Hopium, and then here comes someone new and SHE gets the compliment!

    That really hurts my feelings!

    But I’ll try to go on.

    *sobs*
    ________________________________________________________________

    someone needs a hug?

    Here is a BIG HUG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  91. I am exhausted and experienced some heat exhaustion this am at The Villages in Florida at the Ryan Rally. I was interviewed by three different tv stations local to Florida; and other stations took photos of my pink combat boots and my sign which read: Grandmas want a little R n R (Romney and Ryan). My husband just saw a part of one of my interviews on the Orlando station. Ryan is a hunk in person; and he talked about his mother’s struggles when he introduced her. She is a lovely lady.

    It rained going down there; after we got inside the pavilion there was the most beautiful rainbow in the sky; and an airplane with banner that read: Tell Obama to keep his hands off my Medicare, or something very close to that. We all remarked that rainbow was a sign; a very good sign.

    I will have to wait until tomorrow to read all the posts here. Later everybody.

  92. someone needs a hug?

    Here is a BIG HUG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    =========================

    *smile*

    Thanks!

    *sniffle*

  93. I am exhausted and experienced some heat exhaustion this am at The Villages in Florida at the Ryan Rally. I was interviewed by three different tv stations local to Florida; and other stations took photos of my pink combat boots and my sign which read: Grandmas want a little R n R (Romney and Ryan). My husband just saw a part of one of my interviews on the Orlando station. Ryan is a hunk in person; and he talked about his mother’s struggles when he introduced her. She is a lovely lady.
    ————————
    Wow! 3 different stations!! A Star is Born!!! Not Janet Gaynor or Fredrick March. Excellent work shortTermer!!!! make sure their local Romney campaign office knows who you are and that 3 stations interviewed you.

  94. I am a little surprised at the reaction here to admin’s comments. Some of us have assumed those comments are directed at them–and they are taking it rather personally. I on the other hand believe they are directed at journalists who read this blog, and to the Romney campaign. They are a wake up call.

    This is not a case of first impression. I encountered the same kind of frustration in dealing with the McCain campaign, and so did our friend Paulie Abeles. We could not get them to listen. I wrote a paper explaining the new tactics to them and they were very slow on the uptake. It was not until the third debate that they listened, and they won. It was Admin’s post that did the trick. It provided a road map on how to attack Obama.

    Let’s give the people who have left the blog time to cool off and reconsider. In due course they will discover the wisdom of what is being said. And for those who are considering leaving now, just wait a bit and keep your powder dry. I think Admin’s efforts are getting through. I also believe we will win Florida.

  95. Just saw 2 good ads back to back on CBS by former Obama supporters
    and the next about his negative campaign/ack of record to run on.

  96. Congratulations Short Termer! It was super hot today and I am sure you must be exhausted . Do u have a link of your interview?

  97. “Why doesn’t the Romney campaign run ads about the Obama’s lavish spending on the taxpayer’s dime—those multiple exhorbitant [sic] vacations and how he would respect our hard-earned dollars and not exploit this perk if he was in office. Also, that Obama cares only about one job, his own, and not the rest of America that is hurting–how he spends more time out fundraising than doing the job he was elected to do. Sheesh!”
    **********************
    Does ‘Admin’ really think there is anything new or relevant in Abbie’s suggestion. She sounds like a naive teenager.. Sheesh!
    Lavish Spending, and vacations have been talk about on every blog, Obama working to secure his own job, yes, Obama has been doing that ever since January 21, 2009.
    Abboe’s suggestions are bogus and useless and we still want you to BRING BACK HILLARYIS44’S ADMIN… NOW!!!!

  98. Lavish Spending, and vacations have been talk about on every blog,

    ==========================

    Which shows it’s an issue with legs. Now how to get it to people who don’t read political blogs.

    Otoh, that might get people thinking about multiple Cadillacs and such.

  99. From The Boston Globe:

    When Vice President Joe Biden warned a Virginia rally of hundreds of African Americans that Republican efforts to loosen bank regulations meant “They’re going to put y’all back in chains,” Stephanie Cutter, Team Obama’s deputy campaign manager, said the president would have “no problem with those comments.”

    But imagine if Republican Paul Ryan uttered comments like that. Mitt Romney’s pick for vice president would be pilloried for racial insensitivity — and so would Romney. In the fight for civility and substance over pointless hyperbole, Biden may not be the worst offender. But he’s an offender nonetheless, and he should apologize.

    Biden has a history of making remarks that would rile up liberals if they were spoken by a conservative politician. Back in 2008, when Biden was running against Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, he had to apologize for saying, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

    He once told an Indian American, “You can’t go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.” During a January 2012 speech in New Hampshire, he briefly drifted into a foreign accent while imitating a Indian call center worker. At that same rally where he made the “back in chains” crack, Biden also imitated the sign language woman and said, “You’re gonna have trouble translating all this! That poor lady, she’s gonna have tendonitis by the time she finishes this.”

    Liberals routinely dismiss Biden’s gaffes as the rhetorical excesses of an overly exuberant speaker — it’s “Joe being Joe.” And there can be something appealing about a politician who throws caution and the script that goes with it to the winds. Yet when conservative speakers get overly exuberant and cross a rhetorical line, they are presumed racist or culturally insensitive, rather than refreshingly free-spirited. One standard should apply.

    http://articles.boston.com/2012-08-17/editorials/33232304_1_president-joe-biden-slight-indian-accent-racial-insensitivity
    _____________________________________________________

    When even the Boston Globe which is left-leaning is calling this out, Obama’s campaign is in trouble. The media is carrying the water less for him this time out.

    I love the last line…”One standard should apply.”

  100. turndownobama
    August 18th, 2012 at 11:47 pm
    Lavish Spending, and vacations have been talk about on every blog,

    ==========================

    Which shows it’s an issue with legs. Now how to get it to people who don’t read political blogs.

    Otoh, that might get people thinking about multiple Cadillacs and such.
    ____________________________________________________

    Yes, let’s have that commercial. Mitt Romney bought a bunch of Cadillacs with the money he EARNED.

    The Obamas took lavish vacations on YOUR DIME, America.

    What a class-baiter you are, TDO.

  101. “The Obamas took lavish vacations on YOUR DIME, America.”

    ===

    And it’s a sign of our devalued currency: The expression used to be “on your nickel” but who has a nickel anymore?

  102. gonzotx
    August 18th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    foxyladi14
    August 18th, 2012 at 6:30 pm
    I hope Abbie comes back and posts some more
    *****

    You mean Admins new BFF? LOL

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&Well she made such a BIG splash with her first post!!!!!
    I would like to hear more of her wonderful revelations.Or is she like Hillary said about Obama.
    (all he has is a speech he gave in 04.) 😆

  103. Let me just refresh some memories.
    First Mutt was elected Governor in a very blue State.
    and worked with the opposition to get things done.
    He did save the troubled Olympics.
    Yes he is a millionaire but he got it the old fashioned way (He earned it).
    The Hero in Poland has anointed him. 🙂

  104. Admin: I sent this to Karl Rove with the caption silver bullet. Silver bullets, silver stakes and the like are known way to deal with vampires like the scion of Chicago slime.
    —————————————————————-

    Karl: history has shown that the best analysis of how to beat Obama comes from the site below run by democrats in exile. After McCain lost the first two debates, I sent him an article from this site through the former Secretary of the Navy and he won that debate. After that his campaign manager said send me “everything you have”.

    If you look at the August 15 and 17 articles, you will have some insight into what is in store for you and the rest of us from Obama in the closing portion of the campaign. I know you know what you are doing. But please–read this. Its tough love, but it is needed–given what you will be up against.

    Where seniors are concerned ask them to reject the Obama campaign of fear AS THEY DID IN THEIR YOUTH, in the dark days of World War II. Mitt Romney should run an ad that goes something like this:

    “Do you like Barack Obama? Do you think Barack Obama is nice? Does a nice man call his political opponent a felon? Does a nice man call his political opponent a murderer? Barack Obama is not nice. Barack Obama is nasty.”

    http://hillaryis44.com/

  105. wbboei
    August 19th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Admin: I sent this to Karl Rove with the caption silver bullet. Silver bullets, silver stakes and the like are known way to deal with vampires like the scion of Chicago slime.
    —————————————————————-

    Karl: history has shown that the best analysis of how to beat Obama comes from the site below run by democrats in exile. After McCain lost the first two debates, I sent him an article from this site through the former Secretary of the Navy and he won that debate. After that his campaign manager said send me “everything you have”.

    If you look at the August 15 and 17 articles, you will have some insight into what is in store for you and the rest of us from Obama in the closing portion of the campaign. I know you know what you are doing. But please–read this. Its tough love, but it is needed–given what you will be up against.

    Where seniors are concerned ask them to reject the Obama campaign of fear AS THEY DID IN THEIR YOUTH, in the dark days of World War II. Mitt Romney should run an ad that goes something like this:

    “Do you like Barack Obama? Do you think Barack Obama is nice? Does a nice man call his political opponent a felon? Does a nice man call his political opponent a murderer? Barack Obama is not nice. Barack Obama is nasty.”

    http://hillaryis44.com/
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    So should we all.Get tough.Take the Mittens OFF.Put on the Boxing Gloves. 🙂

  106. I came here just now to post my thoughts about yesterday’s The Villages rally for Paul Ryan. I had not previously read the article or the comments, and have done so now. This is like a kick to the stomach. Does no one remember Alinsky Rule #whatever: when you are about to give up, then you win?????

    I as of today see that we may have turned the tide and WON…or at least are on our way to winning. And we now have Republicans reading this blog; and I encouraged one to join here yesterday. They need to read here because having talked to many of them in recent days, they do not know they need to fight and get on the offensive, and they know so very little about the incumbent except that he may look nice in photos…and seems likeable. A couple of sweet little ladies yesterday had their eyeballs popping out when I told them about the book FOOL ME TWICE, and told them about the ‘job parity’ deal in it that the incumbent is set to install.

    But if you could have seen what I saw yesterday, and I did not even catch some of the most important stuff, like someone posted above that they were ‘going to EARN you vote’ and it was said more than once. Yesterday was a mind altering experience for me, as I loved Ryan and his results oriented personality, I wanted Rubio for VP because I love him, too, and because it was assured with him that the state of Florida would follow; it was the thievery and thuggery, the conservatives sitting home, and the Latino vote in south Florida that won it in 2008 for the incumbent. I doubt VERY much that there was anything in Rubio’s vetting that undid him; it appears from reporting that Romney and Ryan hit it off and they are simpatico in so many areas; and Romney NEEDED a conservative, so they were a natural match. Acutally, I think that is right as of yesterday. As an ABO person, I now fully and wholeheartedly endorse the Romney Ryan ticket. GRANDMA WANT A LITTLE R n R [omney yan] is what my poster said. I made most all of the homemade signs that were on display yesterday.

    I saw this am Peggy Noonan’s graphic showing Ryan with his shirt opened revealing a Superman logo. He was at the edge of the cliff trying to stop grandma from going over the edge of the cliff. That is what I saw yesterday.And if only Republicans can learn a little of what we have learned and so thoroughly researched here and on other affiliated sites, then maybe we have a fighting chance to save our country.

    Just when we are getting through to the other side; after all our time, effort, and patriotism…..why are we imploding now? We have just started on the path to winning, barring martial law or any other man made disaster from the incumbent’s side.

    I agree that the posts from Admin do not seem to follow the same logic as in the past; but with the PUMA love shown on one article, I know there is more than one person posing as Admin……..some I like better than others. There are Republicans reading here and now all they see is implosion. I do not like that, Sam I am.

    Btw, there was the most beautiful rainbow at the event yesterday. Many of us took it as a sign. A very good sign.

  107. Btw, I am telling everyone about His44 and that we are ABO. I love DEMOCRATS in EXILE, I will start using this term.

  108. wbboei and others who congratulated me, naw not a star just a mother wanting to save this country hoping it could return to being the once great country, the Norman Rockwell country that we all grew up in for my children, grands, and great. Thank you all, I feel compelled to do every little thing no matter how small that I can so that I will have no regrets in the future.

    I posted on my FB community the following: Dear children, grands and greats, your Mother did her part today. My pink combat boots were a huge hit at The Villages as was my poster that I made. I was interviewed by three different tv stations; and photos were made by many more and by the people in the crowd. We recorded the part that showed me on Fox 35 here; and it should be on those three stations websites. I hope you remember this long after I am gone; I am trying to save our country for you; and partly so I do not have to explain to my little underage WWII Daddy that we let all be lost when I get to where he is now. ♥

  109. ShortTermer
    August 19th, 2012 at 10:19 am
    Btw, I am telling everyone about His44 and that we are ABO. I love DEMOCRATS in EXILE, I will start using this term.
    ——————————
    Since one can never be sure that Karl will see this, and since you are now a celebrity which the Romney campaign in Florida must and will take cognizance of please show them this email and ask them to do what they can to make certain it gets into the right hands. I think that is important. Ask the head of that office to pass it up the line along with your picture at the event when you were interviewed by three local stations, in that pivotal state.

  110. The term democrats in exile also hearkens back to the dark days of World War II. De Gaulle was head of the French goverment in exile. Marshall Petan was head of the French Vichy Government who “fell in line” behind Hitler, just as too many dims have fallen in line behind Obama, not realizing that he is the ANTITHESIS of what the Democratic Party traditionally stood for. Hillary and Bill are the true carriers of that torch–de Gaulle in the above analogy.

  111. Re: foxyladi14
    August 19th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Foxi, you will be pleased to know that WE DID BUILT THAT was coming from the audience before he had a chance to say that….guess we stole a little bit of his thunder…nah, just added to it.

    FWIW, the person that I rode with yesterday graduated from Auburn, and I am an Alabama alumni….those of you who know about the Iron Bowl and the rivalry will understand the significance of that statement. They are still upset about their trees, and so are Alabama alumni and current students. That just goes to show you that disparate people can team together for common cause.

    wbboei, I will do my level best; and ask that the nurse that I rode with yesterday do the same. She asked, “What do we need to do to show former Democrats that they are welcome?” We were in the car a long time, so I had the opportunity to tell her about how the 2007 primary went and that huge swaths of the Democratic Party were kicked out of the party; and that I now refer to the current party as the Dimocratic Party. I said just acknowledge them somewhere; Ryan or Romney could do themselves a huge favor if only they would say something as simple as they welcome any former Democrats and Hillary supporters to help defeat the incumbent. [for my friend, the nurse, I can not bear to say, hear, or write His name but you know who I am referring to]

  112. The media is carrying the water less for him this time out.
    ——————————
    Perhaps. But I for one cannot see it. As you can see from the link below there is such a thing as two headed freaks of nature. The only picture missing from the following catalogue is the head of Brian Williams or Step and Fetch it or Lobo Blitzer plus Obama attached to the same body, that rough beast its hour come round at last slouching its way to Washington to be borne for another four years, amid fires, disaters and hooded bots following in their footsteps to the gregorian chant of how great thou art oh messiah. We love to be bribed with our own money. We (the bots) are passionate, committed and abysmally stupid.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=freaks+two+heads&hl=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=r_swUMfBEKGuiAKmtIGgAw&ved=0CFQQsAQ&biw=1536&bih=801

  113. Hey, PG, let’s do a two man tag team to get the Republicans to acknowledge the DEMOCRATS IN EXILE!!!! What do you say?

  114. Re: wbboei
    August 19th, 2012 at 10:51 am
    The media is carrying the water less for him this time out.

    I see it a little bit; but I think it is those Hopium drinkers trying to hedge their bets and save their a$$es and jobs should the election not swing their way. Maybe they know something we don’t know? One could hope.

    I for one resent their turnabout face. Even Kristen Powers, the one that they used her pretty body to promote her with when she first appeared; and is so incoherent sometimes in her defense and most times it does not come through that she even believes the tripe she puts forth and is just a paid shill. Whoever pays them the most will provide their messaging. UnAMERICAN. UnPATRIOTIC.

  115. Re: wbboei
    August 19th, 2012 at 10:51 am
    The media is carrying the water less for him this time out.

    I see it a little bit; but I think it is those Hopium drinkers trying to hedge their bets and save their a$$es and jobs should the election not swing their way. Maybe they know something we don’t know? One could hope.

    I for one resent their turnabout face. Even Kristen Powers, the one that they used her pretty body to promote her with when she first appeared; and is so incoherent sometimes in her defense and most times it does not come through that she even believes the tripe she puts forth and is just a paid shill. Whoever pays them the most will provide their messaging. UnAMERICAN. UnPATRIOTIC.

  116. He says that he is his brothers keeper.Is he joking?

    Obama, the multi millionaire, who lectures people on “pay your fair share” has family members in poverty.

  117. The O’NY Times is trying to shield Barry from attacks on Medicare:

    Truth and Lies About Medicare

    Republican attacks on President Obama’s plans for Medicare are growing more heated and inaccurate by the day. Both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan made statements last week implying that the Affordable Care Act would eviscerate Medicare when in fact the law should shore up the program’s finances.

    Both men have also twisted themselves into knots to distance themselves from previous positions, so that voters can no longer believe anything they say. Last week, both insisted that they would save Medicare by pumping a huge amount of money into the program, a bizarre turnaround for supposed fiscal conservatives out to rein in federal spending.

    The likelihood that they would stand by that irresponsible pledge after the election is close to zero. And the likelihood that they would be better able than Democrats to preserve Medicare for the future (through a risky voucher system that may not work well for many beneficiaries) is not much better. THE ALLEGED “RAID ON MEDICARE” A Republican attack ad says that the reform law has “cut” $716 billion from Medicare, with the money used to expand coverage to low-
    income people who are currently uninsured. “So now the money you paid for your guaranteed health care is going to a massive new government program that’s not for you,” the ad warns.

    What the Republicans fail to say is that the budget resolutions crafted by Paul Ryan and approved by the Republican-controlled House retained virtually the same cut in Medicare.

    In reality, the $716 billion is not a “cut” in benefits but rather the savings in costs that the Congressional Budget Office projects over the next decade from wholly reasonable provisions in the reform law.

    One big chunk of money will be saved by reducing unjustifiably high subsidies to private Medicare Advantage plans that enroll many beneficiaries at a higher average cost than traditional Medicare. Another will come from reducing the annual increases in federal reimbursements to health care providers — like hospitals, nursing homes and home health agencies — to force the notoriously inefficient system to find ways to improve productivity.

    And a further chunk will come from fees or taxes imposed on drug makers, device makers and insurers — fees that they can surely afford since expanded coverage for the uninsured will increase their markets and their revenues…

    https://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/opinion/sunday/truth-and-lies-about-medicare.html?_r=1&hp

  118. Foxi and all, one last thing to add as I could write all day long about my experience yesterday at the Ryan Rally. There was former marine standing just in front of me in the crowd……in the hot hot heat where people were dropping with heat exhaustion. He waved his little American flag, and those BIG muscle were just popping in my face, every time a patriotic song was sung and he with eyes clenched tight seemed to be praying. That struck me right in the heart and I so badly wanted to reach over and hug him tight. But his pretty wife was standing next to him, so I restrained myself.

  119. “The four incumbent Democrats facing the toughest challenges in New York — Representatives Bishop, Hochul and Owens, as well as Representative Louise M. Slaughter of Rochester — are all skipping the convention, which begins Sept. 4 in Charlotte, N.C. ”
    Partial list. Also the timing of the convention is crappy because it overlaps with a lot of seasonal greet and meet events. Plus we just had a court ordered redistricting meaning that the politicians have to win over people who have never heard of them. But I’m betting lots of people will wind up with last minute “emergencies.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/17/nyregion/new-york-democrats-steering-clear-of-national-convention.html

  120. My 1 1/2 cents:

    Although the admins last couple of articles have been received by many as buckets of cold water poured over a naked body, it’s surprising to me that people will leave here because of them. Remember, it has been the admin who has provided a forum for people to write their opinions, and there was no requirement made that the opinions had to jive with those made by the admin. Although the tone of the admin’s articles could be viewed as rough, remember, they are jus opinions, and you know what they say about opinions being like spincters…

    Anyway, I usually agree with the admin who is a keen political observer. There is a point to be made, and I know that I have thought about something similar in the past when venturing to this site here. Over the past 5 years, there was much reference to “bots” or “Obambots”, etc. Yes, we all know they exist. But one should admit, here of all places, that Hillary “bots” exist, too. There are those that swear allegiance (sometimes it appears to be blind allegiance) to everything Hillary, or everything Bill, or everything Clinton. Well, I don’t behave that way. The Clintons have their faults. Even today, in my opinion, and one does not see this ever discussed here, Hillary has to share some of the blame for what is currently happening in thr Middle East with regards to the Arab spring, and its effect on the current situation in Egypt, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, etc. I would not consider this Arab “awakening” and accomplishment, yet as the head of the State Department, Hillary has contributed to this mess (very dangerous mess as far as I am concerned). Anyway, there hasn’t been anything written about this here that I can recall that implicates Hillary in this. I can only conclude that to do so would be to damage the brand in some way. I suppose that is understandable. This goes hand in hand with being a “bot” where ignoring aspects of a person’s behavior, or actions in order to protect that person’s reputation and persona. Again, that’s understandable, although transparent if one is paying attention to what is going on in the world.

    When the admin derides people (whoever they might be) for behaving like Romeny “bots”, I take that with a grain of salt because when you think about it, thab is exactly the way most people choose to behave when they support a political candidate. I think that it should be expected. In supporting a candidate, I prefer to be an optomist, and will talk the candidate up while trying not to be too critical of the candidate. It’s natural to be that way.

  121. Short termer … I’m late catching up here, but want to congratulate you! You make me wish I were not too old to put my boots on the ground as you have and work for the RnR team. Heartfelt thanks for what you have done and will probably go on doing. What a fine American you are! Can you give us a link to your interviews?

  122. wbboei, here is what I just emailed to a prominent Republican spokesperson here locally:

    Dear ______;

    I went as a volunteer to the Paul Ryan rally yesterday at The Villages. I wore my pink combat boots with a sparkly elephant I bought at the local Victory headquarters. I was interviewed by three different Florida tv stations, Fox 35, ABC affiliate 10 from Orlando and another one. Other news people took photos of my boots and my homemade sign that read: GRANDMAS WANT A LITTLE RnR; I used the R from the Romney/Ryan logos as inspiration for my R’s and spelled out the rest of their names in smaller letters.

    I know the reaction of most Republicans when you mention Hillary’s name, but they need to access the research done on the incumbent by her supporters since 2007. Republicans seem like they are babes in the woods in the dark. They do not know how to FIGHT this incumbent and he will not be defeated without fighting, hard. He cheats, his minions cheat, they all lie, they go for the jugular of their opponents both ********* and figuratively. The research is there for them to access; and thousands and thousands of votes for RnR are there just for the taking – some of us are spread throughout Florida. All they need to do is acknowledge them for they are DEMOCRATS IN EXILE. Please know that I am registered Independent so I owe no allegiance to either party; for me it is the PERSON who is for the COUNTRY over party. In 2007 there was a coup of the Democratic Party; the Democratic Party no longer exists; they, former Democrats, now call it the Dimocratic party. They were the soldiers on the front line in the 2007 primary; they abandoned the Dimocratic party in droves after the incumbent stole the primary; and they are all 100% against the incumbent for they have witnessed firsthand the destruction of the party and the destruction of the country at the hands of the incumbent (I can not even bring myself to write His name). The Republican party NEEDS to bring these people onboard; to not do so is their own folly, but will mean that this country is lost forever for my children, grands, and greats. They are actually posting advice to the Romney campaign on this and sister sites: Hillaryis44.org. Please encourage people to go there, read, and access articles that were posted in our massive research from 2007 to date. It is frightening what you will learn from the research. They may feel free to join if they want to do so.

    Also, there is a book out now FOOL ME TWICE that one of the authors, both well respected, with one being from our group who have been fighting the incumbent since day one. It is very very well researched and everything contained in it is documented. It is about what the incumbent will do during his next four years……….read it and weep. The day is short. Time is of the essence. We have to FIGHT. We must save this country. These people are now talking like Republicans………and some will vote likely a straight Republican ticket for they have seen what is in the future with the incumbent and are weeping………I beseech all those in the Republican hierarchy to forget your partisanship and take advantage of the massive amount of research and how successful we have been fighting the obots and the lamestream media. I rode to the rally yesterday with an Auburn alumni. I am an Alabama alumni, anyone who knows that rivalry can appreciate what I am about to say: if an Auburn and Alabama fan can work together, so can Republicans and former Democrats; they are 100% onboard with Anybody But Obama or ABO.

    wbboei is one of our resident lawyers on hillaryis44.org. And he asked me to make this go up the chain in the Republican chain of command:

    wbboei
    August 19th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Admin: I sent this to Karl Rove with the caption silver bullet. Silver bullets,
    silver stakes and the like are known way to deal with vampires like the scion of
    Chicago slime.
    —————————————————————-

    Karl: history has shown that the best analysis of how to beat Obama comes from
    the site below run by democrats in exile. After McCain lost the first two
    debates, I sent him an article from this site through the former Secretary of
    the Navy and he won that debate. After that his campaign manager said send me
    “everything you have”.

    If you look at the August 15 and 17 articles, you will have some insight into
    what is in store for you and the rest of us from Obama in the closing portion of
    the campaign. I know you know what you are doing. But please–read this. Its
    tough love, but it is needed–given what you will be up against.

    Where seniors are concerned ask them to reject the Obama campaign of fear AS
    THEY DID IN THEIR YOUTH, in the dark days of World War II. Mitt Romney should
    run an ad that goes something like this:

    “Do you like Barack Obama? Do you think Barack Obama is nice? Does a nice man
    call his political opponent a felon? Does a nice man call his political opponent
    a murderer? Barack Obama is not nice. Barack Obama is nasty.”

    http://hillaryis44.com/
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    So should we all.Get tough.Take the Mittens OFF.Put on the Boxing Gloves.
    _____________________________________________

    Would you please help me with disseminating this info to the higher ups in the Republican Party. I have tried to tell some of these things at the local office, but they seem to go unheard.

  123. wbboei, here is what I just emailed to a prominent Republican spokesperson here locally:

    Dear ______;

    I went as a volunteer to the Paul Ryan rally yesterday at The Villages. I wore my pink combat boots with a sparkly elephant I bought at the local Victory headquarters. I was interviewed by three different Florida tv stations, Fox 35, ABC affiliate 10 from Orlando and another one. Other news people took photos of my boots and my homemade sign that read: GRANDMAS WANT A LITTLE RnR; I used the R from the Romney/Ryan logos as inspiration for my R’s and spelled out the rest of their names in smaller letters.

    I know the reaction of most Republicans when you mention Hillary’s name, but they need to access the research done on the incumbent by her supporters since 2007. Republicans seem like they are babes in the woods in the dark. They do not know how to FIGHT this incumbent and he will not be defeated without fighting, hard. He cheats, his minions cheat, they all lie, they go for the jugular of their opponents both ********* and figuratively. The research is there for them to access; and thousands and thousands of votes for RnR are there just for the taking – some of us are spread throughout Florida. All they need to do is acknowledge them for they are DEMOCRATS IN EXILE. Please know that I am registered Independent so I owe no allegiance to either party; for me it is the PERSON who is for the COUNTRY over party. In 2007 there was a coup of the Democratic Party; the Democratic Party no longer exists; they, former Democrats, now call it the Dimocratic party. They were the soldiers on the front line in the 2007 primary; they abandoned the Dimocratic party in droves after the incumbent stole the primary; and they are all 100% against the incumbent for they have witnessed firsthand the destruction of the party and the destruction of the country at the hands of the incumbent (I can not even bring myself to write His name). The Republican party NEEDS to bring these people onboard; to not do so is their own folly, but will mean that this country is lost forever for my children, grands, and greats. They are actually posting advice to the Romney campaign on this and sister sites: Hillaryis44.org. Please encourage people to go there, read, and access articles that were posted in our massive research from 2007 to date. It is frightening what you will learn from the research. They may feel free to join if they want to do so.

    Also, there is a book out now FOOL ME TWICE that one of the authors, both well respected, with one being from our group who have been fighting the incumbent since day one. It is very very well researched and everything contained in it is documented. It is about what the incumbent will do during his next four years……….read it and weep. The day is short. Time is of the essence. We have to FIGHT. We must save this country. These people are now talking like Republicans………and some will vote likely a straight Republican ticket for they have seen what is in the future with the incumbent and are weeping………I beseech all those in the Republican hierarchy to forget your partisanship and take advantage of the massive amount of research and how successful we have been fighting the obots and the lamestream media. I rode to the rally yesterday with an Auburn alumni. I am an Alabama alumni, anyone who knows that rivalry can appreciate what I am about to say: if an Auburn and Alabama fan can work together, so can Republicans and former Democrats; they are 100% onboard with Anybody But Obama or ABO.

    wbboei is one of our resident lawyers on hillaryis44.org. And he asked me to make this go up the chain in the Republican chain of command:

    wbboei
    August 19th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Admin: I sent this to Karl Rove with the caption silver bullet. Silver bullets,
    silver stakes and the like are known way to deal with vampires like the scion of
    Chicago slime.
    —————————————————————-

    Karl: history has shown that the best analysis of how to beat Obama comes from
    the site below run by democrats in exile. After McCain lost the first two
    debates, I sent him an article from this site through the former Secretary of
    the Navy and he won that debate. After that his campaign manager said send me
    “everything you have”.

    If you look at the August 15 and 17 articles, you will have some insight into
    what is in store for you and the rest of us from Obama in the closing portion of
    the campaign. I know you know what you are doing. But please–read this. Its
    tough love, but it is needed–given what you will be up against.

    Where seniors are concerned ask them to reject the Obama campaign of fear AS
    THEY DID IN THEIR YOUTH, in the dark days of World War II. Mitt Romney should
    run an ad that goes something like this:

    “Do you like Barack Obama? Do you think Barack Obama is nice? Does a nice man
    call his political opponent a felon? Does a nice man call his political opponent
    a murderer? Barack Obama is not nice. Barack Obama is nasty.”

    http://hillaryis44.com/
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    So should we all.Get tough.Take the Mittens OFF.Put on the Boxing Gloves.
    _____________________________________________

    Would you please help me with disseminating this info to the higher ups in the Republican Party. I have tried to tell some of these things at the local office, but they seem to go unheard.

  124. Nomobama … It’s hard to critique hrc’s performance without getting into specifics of the negotiations and who is privy to that info plus one must keep in mind that she in functioning in an extremely complex areas of international relationships. … For example who knew what the Arab spring actually involved and how it would turn out? Etc

    As for behaving like rabid obots hoho, who has been more rabid than admin in pursuing his/her political beliefs? Don’t get me wrong, I respect and admire admin, whose record of being right on is unbeatable!

    What makes me think this latest writing is not from the admi we know is that there has always been a gentleness epressed in re to our mistaken notions or our vagueries — this admin is not joining in the comments, is not embedding our videos, is not the sharp but nice guy we’ve known.

  125. ShortTermer
    August 19th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Foxi and all, one last thing to add as I could write all day long about my experience yesterday at the Ryan Rally. There was former marine standing just in front of me in the crowd……in the hot hot heat where people were dropping with heat exhaustion. He waved his little American flag, and those BIG muscle were just popping in my face, every time a patriotic song was sung and he with eyes clenched tight seemed to be praying. That struck me right in the heart and I so badly wanted to reach over and hug him tight. But his pretty wife was standing next to him, so I restrained myself.

    I would have ran over and hugged them both. 🙂

  126. We were not aware of nor have any involvement with this campaign ad. AARP is a nonpartisan organization and we do not endorse political candidates,” Hishta said. “For the last 26 years, we’ve been providing voters with balanced information, without all the political jargon and spin, so they can make their own decisions on Election Day.”
    ——————————-
    AARP flies under false colors. They are an insurance company, more than anything else. As far as not endorsing political candidates, they effectively did that when they embraced Obamacare. So Hista–or whatever you name is, don’t try to bullshit a bullshitter.

  127. lil grape

    …What makes me think this latest writing is not from the admi we know is that there has always been a gentleness epressed in re to our mistaken notions or our vagueries — this admin is not joining in the comments, is not embedding our videos, is not the sharp but nice guy we’ve known.

    —-
    I have to agree with you that admin is not responding like the admin we know. Could she/he/they be this upset over Rubio not getting picked…or is this someone else that normally doesn’t start a new thread?

    I am starting to wonder about this Abbie too. If Abbie is a new poster, why hasn’t she re-posted, especially since this thread is making her the MVP???????

  128. Shorttermer: tan shoes with pink shoe laces (1959) needs to be updated to pink combat boots–pink as in Hillaryis44. I see where dodie stevens is still around. . .

  129. Hey Barry…wake up, you got mail!

    Yadlin to Obama: Visit Israel to allay Iran fears

    Former MI head asks US president to publicly display US commitment to stopping Iran’s nuclear program.
    Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin. Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski

    Former Military Intelligence head Amos Yadlin on Saturday urged US President Barack Obama to visit Israel to allay fears that Washington is not fully committed to stopping the Iranian nuclear program.

    “The US president should visit Israel and tell its leadership – and, more important, its people – that preventing a nuclear Iran is a US interest, and if we have to resort to military action, we will,” Yadlin said in an opinion piece published in The Washington

    Yadlin also asked the US to provide Israel with advanced military technology and intelligence, contingent on Israeli pledges to delay a strike.

    Yadlin presented a five-point plan to the Obama administration designed to convince “allies and adversaries alike that military action is real, imminent and doable.”

    He called on Obama to notify Congress in writing that he reserves the right to use military force on Iran. He added that the US should increase its military presence in the Persian Gulf, and should also publicly commit to the security of its allies in the region.

    Yadlin, who left his IDF post in 2010 and is currently the head of the Institute for National Security Studies, has been a vocal supporter of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who have both hinted that Israel would not leave the fate of Israel in the hands of the US.

    “Israel cannot afford to outsource its security to another country,” Yadlin wrote in the Washington Post. “But if the United States wants Israel to give sanctions and diplomacy more time, Israelis must know that they will not be left high and dry if these options fail.”

    http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=281714

  130. TerryDo
    August 18th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Does ‘Admin’ really think there is anything new or relevant in Abbie’s suggestion. She sounds like a naive teenager.. Sheesh!
    Lavish Spending, and vacations have been talk about on every blog, Obama working to secure his own job, yes, Obama has been doing that ever since January 21, 2009.
    Abboe’s suggestions are bogus and useless and we still want you to BRING BACK HILLARYIS44′S ADMIN… NOW!!!!
    ——————-
    Terry Do–most of us on this blog have been here since its inception in 2007. What drew us here initially and what has kept us here through the hopes and disappointment of the past five years has been the wisdom of Admin. I can assure you this is the same Admin that has been here all along, but you would not know it unless you had the patience and insight to understand what is Admin has been saying all along. Your dismissive comments and your invocation of bring back Admin suggests that this insight eludes you. Some of those who are upset feel that Admin’s comments were directed at them, which is untrue. Or if it is true, then maybe it is something they need to here. Some are in love with Mitt, and have said as much here. If you are not Patty Solis Doyle, then quit your whining and start engaging on a mature adult level. If you do not, then the Obama forces will eat you alive.

  131. He says that he is his brothers keeper.Is he joking?

    Obama, the multi millionaire, who lectures people on “pay your fair share” has family members in poverty.

    ==================

    Good point. Now THAT would make a good emotional ad! Find some of those siblings (US, UK?), film their living conditions….

  132. And Grandma Sarah in Kenya too.

    ===================

    And just as a throwaway bit, film her saying he was born there. 😉

  133. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKxEKjFK4xs&feature=related
    ————————
    This O’Donnell is off the charts. Himmler would be proud of him. Gestap interviews like this one are the stock in trade of msnbc–whose ceo Griffen told the Young Turk “we” meaning msnbc “are insiders”, not outsider, and “part of this administration”. In other words, they make no pretention of being objective or journalistic.

    Which begs the following question: Why would anyone who is not an Obamabot ever agree to be interviewed by these schlockhouse merchants? Oh there are those who can make it work–like Ari Fleisher and John Sunnunu. But for all others, it is a case of abandon hope all ye who enter. No good can come of it. Their culture is a cesspool.

  134. Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin: wait a few months. Such assurances from Lame Duck Obama mean less than nothing. Lame Daffy Duck with a boom box. Very theatrical.

  135. Hey!!!!Lets here more about him and the choom Gang.

    ===================

    Good advice. If ad hominems are used, it should be something more colorful and serious* than “Somebody on his side called me a felon waah waah.”

    *And preferably true and with evidence available, ie Maraniss and Obama’s own books.

  136. wbboei
    August 19th, 2012 at 4:26 pm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKxEKjFK4xs&feature=related
    ————————
    This O’Donnell is off the charts. Himmler would be proud of him.

    * * *
    wbb – Jay Leno’s show staff was cut 10% this weekend. It would have been more, but apparently Leno took a pay cut to avoid more layoffs. This in spite of the profit the show is making. What gives? Comcast started to wield the knife. I think they will do the same thing to MSNBC and NBC news division after the elections. Comcast has hit the wall in terms of cable subscriptions/revenue, so cost-cutting is their way of getting the return on their NBC investment.

    From deadline.com
    Even so, The Tonight Show has been and still is a cash cow for NBC. So what happened to merit the downsizing? “I don’t think ad sales are off. I just think the people who bought this company, Comcast, wants to go through everything at NBC and get their money back,” an NBC insider tells me.

  137. Wbboei, I’m so glad you and some of the original others are still here. I love Hillary is 44 and have been reading since almost the beginning and commenting a tiny bit. I have loved Administrator’s wise advice and articles. This site is the first thing I read in the mornings and the last thing I read before going to bed at night.

    I don’t know what is happening especially at this important time in the fight to get rid of BO. I want this site back as it was and not being overrun. At this time nothing is as importnat as seeing BO and his thugs head back to Chicago permanently.

  138. I just think the people who bought this company, Comcast, wants to go through everything at NBC and get their money back,” an NBC insider tells me.
    ——————————-
    Ecoast, one look at the comcast board and their biographies gives me a sense that the days of the NBC/MSNBC executives who destroyed that organization to further the interests of General Electric and Immelt are numbered.

    http://www.comcast.com/corporate/about/pressroom/corporateoverview/corporateexecutives/corporateexecutives.html?SCRedirect=true

    I do not know these people, but I have a hunch that they are good people. I suspect Ralph is courtely and hard working, southern gentleman and his son Brian is most likely a chip off the old block.

    I remember twenty years ago they tried to buy CBS. When NBC came on the blocks, they imagined it was the kind of company General Sarnoff founded, and they jumped at it, only to find that the company is corrupt from top to bottom. They hide the truth, edit transcripts, blow up trucks, and put all their marbles on Obama, who will not win. Such partisanship will redound to the detriment of NBC and Comcast alike, and that situation needs to be fixed asap.

    As a general rule, acquisitions such as this one fail quite often and the cause failure tends to be one of two things: the lack of a strategic fit, and/or the lack of a cultural fit. I have seen both. I hope they put a dead horsehead in the bed of Griffin, Capus and others.

    Under their tutaladge NBC has become a corrupt organization, and they are beyond redemption. I hope they can avoid paying those NBC/MSBC exectutives change of control/ golden parachute monies. They deserve a very hard landing.

  139. Faithful Hill44 reader and not so frequent poster. I actually started to think several months ago that we perhaps had 2 admins of the blog. I detected different writing styles and tones.

    That being said, this blog has been through the wringer with the shit the ObummerNuts pulled last time. I would rather walk through hot coals as vote for many of the “dems” not as they are “dims”.

    I’ll be casting my vote for R & R and hoping we see the last of the grifters. If they win again, we are simply fcuked. It’s bad now but the plans he has for this country …. well the Bible speaks of people trying to hide under rocks and all.

    Stay together folks, stay calm and try to talk to as many people as you can. I don’t listen to any of the wingnuts on tv anymore, I got burned with the last election so I know that in order to keep my bp under control I just stay away.

  140. wbboei
    August 19th, 2012 at 5:10 pm
    ***********

    Admin, we ALL want the SOB out of there and many of us saw the path to the WH differently.As usual, the politicians didn’t take our advise.

    We have been stopped in many corners, even the SCOTUS let us down, but what is the alternative?

    Admin, pull up the big girl/boy panties and start embedding our video’s again and working your site.

    If you don’t want to go there anymore, lets’s just get real and honest. We know you have put up a great fight and been our shield and safe haven when we felt all was lost . Let us help carry the load. If we go down, we go down together.

    If we do nothing, we already have lost.

  141. Obama’s experienced advance team had a bunch of flubs. That farm family with all the windmills that President Quixote loves to laud turns out to be Republicans and informed reporters after Obama’s visit that he sure wasn’t getting their votes this time.

    There was the state fair beer tent where Obama bought a round of Bud Lights for everyone, except the guy with the Mitt Romney sign. Great summertime photo op. Except it turns out the Secret Service closed down the guy’s tent long before Obama’s arrival and the small business owner lost thousands in sales.

    Then there was the caterer who wore a “Government Didn’t Build My Business” T-shirt to work the president’s event. Our friend Tom Bevan at the must-read RealClearPolitics has all the details here.

    But the moment that sticks out in our mind was something that didn’t happen during the president’s Iowa trip.
    http://news.investors.com/article/622565/201208190904/obamas-iowa-bus-trip-misses-a-priceless-opportunity.htm

  142. gonzotx to admin:

    …and working your site.

    If you don’t want to go there anymore, lets’s just get real and honest. We know you have put up a great fight and been our shield and safe haven when we felt all was lost . Let us help carry the load. If we go down, we go down together.

    If we do nothing, we already have lost.

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    A big fat yup to that!

    Admin is probably taking a breather and maybe let ‘abbie’ take over for a short time???

  143. wbboei
    August 19th, 2012 at 5:38 pm
    I do not know these people, but I have a hunch that they are good people. I suspect Ralph is courtely and hard working, southern gentleman and his son Brian is most likely a chip off the old block.
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    Roberts is an old rich Philly family. Apparently they lost everything during depression era, when Ralph’s father died. Ralph Roberts started from the bottom,
    invested wisely in a small Mississippi cable company, and caught the cable wave in the 80’s. (Try telling Ralph Roberts “you didn’t build that.”) By early 90’s they became billionaires and tried to buy Disney. It didn’t go through and tried to buy CBS, as you said, and that didn’t work either. Finally they got NBC at a fire sale. So they have no loyalty or emotional connection with NBC and after a year or so of consolidation, they have started looking at the cold hard numbers. I bet 2013 is their year of cleanup at NBC. Ralph’s son Brian, a Wharton grad, is the CEO.

  144. Ecoast. Thankyou for filling in what I did not know. If they are old rich Philadelphia then they are probably part of the old Main Line. I guessed he was from Missippi, since that is where the cable company started. I have met some of those people from the Main Line and they are pretty neat. One of them I know is the cousin of the late Grace Kelly, aka Princess Grace of Monaco. They trace their family back to the personal Secretary of William Penn. They are solid patriots, and have over the course of three centuries assumed the highest duties of command, citizenship and government, as John Paul Jones put it.

    The only fault I can find here is they may not have done a sufficient job of due diligence prior to purchas to realize what they were buying and the problems they would be inheriting. Imelt, and his predecssor Jack Welch hollowed out that organization, cleaned out the newsroom, and turned it into a tool to promote the interests of General Electric. Immelt was and is the crony in the crony capitalism Obama is famous for.

  145. henry, I miss your updates on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I changed the words to Puff the Magic Dragon when I sang it to my children. It was not until they were grown that I learned that song was about dope. We learn from our children. lol

    I love me some Toby Keith, and Henry……..and I would love your bar even though I do not drink.

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the song

  146. ShortTermer
    Thank you very much.
    I bought a nuisance bar and everyone told me I couldn’t turn it around which I have. I had the local priest in again two days ago. Tough but somebody has to put the pup through college.

  147. Like Gunnery Seargeant Highway in the movie Heartbreak Ridge: we are marines sir. We are paid to adapt. Paid to improvise.

  148. Admin, pull up the big girl/boy panties and start embedding our video’s again and working your site.

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    Good grief. If no one with admin priviledges is up to even loading videos at the moment, then they need support from us, not criticism or prodding. Let’s declare a truce, or rather have an undeclared truce, in the infighting and such, and just post real on-topic stuff.

    And not make this thread so long that they have to make another hasty new article. Like maybe, no long posts from other sites (especially duplicates), and post links to videos that can be viewed elsewhere.

  149. The strangest thing happened on the way to the forum- I’ve been locked out. Conspiracy you say.. Yup big time.. I have a word press website and to prevent someone from posting as you would a apamulater.. The poster’s avatar has to be physically entered into the site’s interface. So this is no accidental moderation.

  150. dot48
    August 19th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Faithful Hill44 reader and not so frequent poster. I actually started to think several months ago that we perhaps had 2 admins of the blog. I detected different writing styles and tones.
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    I agree, dot48. I also agree with lil’ ole grape. To say this is our same old admin posting the insults in the topic of the last three threads of which have neither rhyme nor reason benefiting the cause, is sheer nonsense. It seems to me, a script was handed to a student(?) or someone not a regular here to post in admin’s absence. Where there are vestiges of paragraphs similar to admin’s writing style with shortened, brief, paragraphs containing the insults.. In seven years.. I have never seen or read anything of the kind.. EVER.. The insulting comments are aimed at seasoned posters who support the R&R alliance elicit a different tone than would be in the style of the old admin. Plus, I’ve never seen him/her recognize a new poster in the thread topic.. And- as lil’ ole grape mentioned– NO embedding of posted video’s which was a feature admin ALWAYS employed religiously occasionally responding to questions posed by regular posters. (and btw.. a few pumas may be here but as a whole we fly under a pink flag not pumas)

    nope- to me the insults are advising a ‘divide and conquer’ strategy.

    Since the addition of Ryan to the ticket there has been a significant building of momentum recognizable within less than a week’s time.. so there is something to be happy about and worth celebrating. Admin may be on vacation or out of town on business trusting the blog would continue as always.. Let’s put it this way, when our old admin returns- so will we. I’m not cooling off anywhere because I’m not angry. The only reason for posting now is for a bit of clarification of my pov. Everyone here knows I did not support Romney for the R nomination. So, I can assure you I am no clapping ’seal’: Any of various aquatic carnivorous mammals of the families Phocidae and Otariidae, having a sleek, torpedo-shaped body and limbs that are modified into paddlelike flippers. Seals live chiefly in the Northern Hemisphere and, like walruses, are pinnipeds.

    However, I am determined to support the strongest candidate running against Obama doing whatever it takes to ensure Obama is a one term president. For now the team in the best position to do that are the Romney-Ryan ticket.

  151. I did have a second Mrs.Smith1 avatar and whoever is responsible forgot about it..

    Are Basil,Moononpluto and holdthem accountable locked out as well?

  152. It is not that Obama can no longer attract the crowds. It is that he has decided to limit the size of his rallies.

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    Remember in 2008 he used to hold his rallies in the intermission of a rock concert on a beach. Maybe now that the rockers have seen him in action, er, non-action and he’s seen what happened to Paul Ryan with Rage Against the Machine, he’s afraid to have rock musicians around a live mike.

  153. Mrs. Smith1
    August 19th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

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    What do you mean by ‘locked out’? I was getting automatic ‘in moderation’ messages for about a week on every post, but they’d eventually be visible without that message. Visible to me, anyway.

  154. There is no fathomable reason i.e. double links posted, for me to be in moderation.

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    So is that what happens when you post with your plain login — an ‘in moderation’ message?

  155. All I can say is if Mrs Smith, the original, isn’t reinstated, I have enough contacts here to continue asking the same question on the blog..

  156. You have just crossed over into The Twilight Zone . . .

    First, we see Bill Ayers the ugly disheaveled left wing radical son of a bank president. We see him prepare a gourmet dinner for ghostly marionettes. In a just universe, the dinner he would be preparing would be at Joliette Prison for himself and the rest of his fellow inmates, until he falls against a loose shiv.

    Second, we see Soros, the destroyer of worlds, giving the mafia stare at his former mistress in a Manhattan courtroom. Meanwhile, she rubs her thumb against the sharp edge of a butcher knife and imagines what it would be like to slit his fat throat Would any jury in the land convict her? If they knew the magnitude of his evil?

    The streets are dark with something more than night, and Erickson captures it in the following blog–the prelude to tragedy . . .
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    Evil Preaches Tolerance

    Archibishop Chaput of Philadelphia knows a thing or two about tolerance. I preached a Sunday School lesson about tolerance today. I’ll get into it later. Let me quote the Archbishop though.

    We need to remember that tolerance is not a Christian virtue. Charity, justice, mercy, prudence, honesty — these are Christian virtues. And obviously, in a diverse community, tolerance is an important working principle. But it’s never an end itself. In fact, tolerating grave evil within a society is itself a form of serious evil. Likewise, democratic pluralism does not mean that Catholics should be quiet in public about serious moral issues because of some misguided sense of good manners. A healthy democracy requires vigorous moral debate to survive.

    This year during Lent, he also said that evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant, then it tries to silence good.

    We see that more and more in society and as culture is upstream from politics, we are seeing an increasing intolerance for moral virtue creeping downstream into our politics.

    During the August recesses of 2009, the media — a creature of an ever more secular culture — reported again and again about hostile tea party crowds and their heckling of members of congress. In fact, of eight documented acts of violence during that August recess, seven were against tea party activists.

    The intolerance of the left continues to grow. SWAT teams show up at conservatives doors in the night as a form of intimidation. Union thugs show up at private individuals’ homes to bang on their windows because of policy disagreements.

    The President says to bring guns to knife fights, the SPLC labels conservative groups with which it disagrees “hate organizations,” and when nuts do show up with guns the secularists blame conservatives or choose to ignore the act and make excuses for not covering it. “Well,” they say, ” no one died so it isn’t news.”

    Increasingly, the left is having a hard time playing the “but the other side does it too” card because the examples and consistency of intolerance for conservative views is growing more and more extreme.

    On Twitter, Chris Ziegler flags another example of left-wing intolerance. The Republican Party of Sarasota County in Florida put up a “Repeal Obama” billboard on Friday. Today it stands destroyed.

    Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant. Then it tries to silence good. There is nothing new under the sun and what we are seeing here is nothing new, just a change. Tolerance has been redefined to mean accept and it is no longer enough to have values. The values must be the correct values.

    The situation will only grow worse and the leader in this nation seems to talk a good game when it is politically advantageous, but otherwise tells his supporters the bring guns to knife fights while his Vice President tells a majority black audience that Republicans want to put them back in chains.

    We are rapidly moving to a time when the First Amendment will no longer be as good as the paper on which it is written. It will be only as good as the judges put on the bench

  157. ShortTermer,

    I love it: “Granma Needs A Little R & R”.

    Where can I find the Peggy Noonan graphic you describe?

    ShortTermer
    August 19th, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I doubt VERY much that there was anything in Rubio’s vetting that undid him; it appears from reporting that Romney and Ryan hit it off and they are simpatico in so many areas; and Romney NEEDED a conservative, so they were a natural match. Acutally, I think that is right as of yesterday. As an ABO person, I now fully and wholeheartedly endorse the Romney Ryan ticket. GRANDMA WANT A LITTLE R n R [omney yan] is what my poster said. I made most all of the homemade signs that were on display yesterday.

    I saw this am Peggy Noonan’s graphic showing Ryan with his shirt opened revealing a Superman logo. He was at the edge of the cliff trying to stop grandma from going over the edge of the cliff. That is what I saw yesterday.And if only Republicans can learn a little of what we have learned and so thoroughly researched here and on other affiliated sites, then maybe we have a fighting chance to save our country.

  158. Foxy,

    Thanks for linking to the abbreviated Business Insider version of this article. I can’t resist posting some paragraphs from the very end of the full article, but the whole thing is worth reading.

    Poor Spang, what must he think of his beloved Tina Brown now?

    Niall Ferguson: Obama’s Gotta Go — 8/19/2012 The Daily Beast, Newsweek.com

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/08/19/niall-ferguson-on-why-barack-obama-needs-to-go.html

    I first met Paul Ryan in April 2010. I had been invited to a dinner in Washington where the U.S. fiscal crisis was going to be the topic of discussion. So crucial did this subject seem to me that I expected the dinner to happen in one of the city’s biggest hotel ballrooms. It was actually held in the host’s home. Three congressmen showed up—a sign of how successful the president’s fiscal version of “don’t ask, don’t tell” (about the debt) had been. Ryan blew me away. I have wanted to see him in the White House ever since.

    It remains to be seen if the American public is ready to embrace the radical overhaul of the nation’s finances that Ryan proposes. The public mood is deeply ambivalent. The president’s approval rating is down to 49 percent. The Gallup Economic Confidence Index is at minus 28 (down from minus 13 in May). But Obama is still narrowly ahead of Romney in the polls as far as the popular vote is concerned (50.8 to 48.2) and comfortably ahead in the Electoral College. The pollsters say that Paul Ryan’s nomination is not a game changer; indeed, he is a high-risk choice for Romney because so many people feel nervous about the reforms Ryan proposes.

    But one thing is clear. Ryan psychs Obama out. This has been apparent ever since the White House went on the offensive against Ryan in the spring of last year. And the reason he psychs him out is that, unlike Obama, Ryan has a plan—as opposed to a narrative—for this country.

    The voters now face a stark choice. They can let Barack Obama’s rambling, solipsistic narrative continue until they find themselves living in some American version of Europe, with low growth, high unemployment, even higher debt—and real geopolitical decline.

    Or they can opt for real change: the kind of change that will end four years of economic underperformance, stop the terrifying accumulation of debt, and reestablish a secure fiscal foundation for American national security.

    I have reached a point where I see the closing of CGP as a positive sign. I can’t help but think that the liberal leaning powers that be over there sensed the shift in momentum.

  159. Some VERY GOOD NEWS:

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/1793304132001/judge-refuses-to-block-pennsylvania-voter-id-law/?playlist_id=86858

    The ACLU challenged voter ID laws five years ago under the US Constitution. They lost before the Supreme Court. Consequently, they are now challenging them under State Constitutions in Georgia, and Pennsylvania. They lost in Georgia and they just lost again in Pennsylvania. The law will go forward. Interestingly, the Justice Department and the ACLU claimed that 1 million people do not have id and will be disenfranchised. The expert they produced to prove it was destroyed on cross examination. The plaintiff, an 83 year old woman who claimed she could not get id, went out and got id the day after the election. The entire game plan here by Holder and the ACLU was to open the door for massive cheating. A number of fake voters have been caught red handed on this in Pennsylvania already.

  160. Look, there’s more than one strategy for running a campaign. If Mitt Romney wanted to go head-to-head with Obama in carving up the electorate into racial and ethnic blocks and fighting over them, then Marco Rubio would be an excellent choice. Romney isn’t doing that. Listen to the tone of his recent comments. He’s portraying Barack Obama (and Joe Biden) as dangerous loose cannons. There’s a pretty wide consensus that Barack Obama is going to do some crazy, unpredictable stuff between now and election day in order to try and manufacture a crisis. Romney and Ryan are positioning themselves as the safe way out of whatever crises Barack Obama gins up between now and then. He’s fencing in Barack Obama — limiting his options. Ryan enabled that in a way Rubio never could. People are more confident with Romney with Ryan on his team. They may have liked Marco Rubio (the way the base loved Sarah Palin), but Ryan brings economic confidence. The Ryan choice reflects very well on Romney’s judgement. Mitt Romney has a long track record of success, so I’m going to cut him some slack, sit back, and let him play out his hand his way. There’s a difference between offering advice and second-guessing.

  161. The pollsters say that Paul Ryan’s nomination is not a game changer.
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    The pollsters are, as usual, full of shit. Conventional wisdom is not wisdom. It is a consensus based on the lowest common denominator. Thus, sooner or later, it is proven wrong. Pollsters are susceptible to that disease–except for Rassmussen.

  162. Here are sources comparing US and European medical systems and outcomes.

    google.com/search?q=european+and+us+medical+outcomes&rlz=1C1CHMC_enUS396US397&sugexp=chrome,mod=5&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

  163. Just a quick comment on Jay Leno taking a paycut in order to stop any further employee cuts.

    What a stand-up guy to do that. Could you see any of our politicians doing the same thing?

    HELL NO.

  164. http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/08/19/Cutter-People-Mag-Entertainment-Tonight-Equally-Important
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    One thing we know for sure about Obama. He dodges tough questions and avoids informed voters. He thinks through a teleprompter and whenever he goes off script he gets in trouble. He wants low information voters, and that is why he loves campaigning in the hinterland. When he puts big media on a par with entertainment tonight however, he is not far off the mark. It really is just a fairy tale, scripted for children and those who think like children.

  165. wbboei
    August 19th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    It really is just a fairy tale, scripted for children and those who think like children.
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    Bravo for that “Reader’s Digest” version of what is wrong with this childish administration and equally as childish electorate right now.

  166. “We wept today. At 12:53 p.m. we wept. Our drenching tears were tears of joy. The cause for our delight? A new commenter, not an applauding seal, refused to drink Romney brand Hopium. Instead of balancing a colorful rubber ball on her nose and imagining all is right in this best of all worlds….”

    Alleluia!

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